Search continues after man falls overboard near Saldanha

2016-09-16 19:06
NSRI boat (File)

NSRI boat (File)

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Cape Town - A man who fell overboard from a fishing trawler on Thursday night has not yet been found, police said on Friday.

According to the NSRI, which took part in the search, the man fell overboard from a 55m Cape Town-based trawler, Harvest Selina, approximately 27 nautical miles off Saldanha at 19:15.

The vessel was sailing from St Helena to Saldanha, said spokesperson Andrew Ingram.

The NSRI's rescue craft joined six other vessels in the search.

"Using drift patterns calculated for the area, the NSRI volunteers searched until 01:00 when the sea rescue craft, which was critically low on fuel, was forced to leave the search area," he said.

It is believed that the man was wearing a bright yellow jacket, but not a life jacket.

The police's sea border unit on Friday afternoon said the man's body had not yet been found and the search continues.

Western Cape police spokesperson Captain FC Van Wyk confirmed an inquest docket has been opened.

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