Search on for missing KZN fisherman

2011-04-20 11:03

Cape Town - Recovery teams in northern KwaZulu-Natal on Wednesday resumed the search for a missing fisherman who is now presumed dead after a fishing boat he and seven others were on capsized on Tuesday morning, the South African Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa) told News24.

One man was declared dead on the scene on Tuesday while six were rescued and taken to local hospitals.  

"By yesterday afternoon we hadn't found the guy and the search resumed this morning. But we are now regarding it as a recovery mission, not a rescue mission," Samsa's Tebogo Ramatjie said.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation, but it is believed the boat capsized 2km from the mouth of the Umfolozi River as the fishermen were launching it.

Ramatjie said while the police would conduct an inquest into the death of the fisherman who died at the scene, Samsa would launch an investigation into the water worthiness of the vessel, including whether there were enough life jackets on the boat and whether the skipper was licensed.

"The investigation is going to take a while," Ramatjie said, adding that preliminary results would likely only be ready "next week".

He said the National Sea Rescue Institute, the South African police's water wing, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and the National Port Authority were assisting with the search for the missing fisherman.

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