Search on for missing KZN fisherman
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
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.