Second body found close to known poaching spot

2019-12-10 06:01

Following the discovery of a decomposing body on a beach between Soetwater and Misty Cliffs on Tuesday 19 November, a second body was found 10 days later – both the deceased are suspected of being poachers.

Last month, a body washed up in an advanced state of decomposition, according to Cpt FC Van Wyk, the provincial police spokesperson. He confirmed that the body, male, “was dressed in a black wetsuit with flippers”. A man who was walking his dogs on the beach reported the body.

Ocean View police attended the scene on the day the body was discovered.

Sgt Leon Fortuin, the spokesperson for the station, says they suspect the deceased was a poacher. “There was a diver who was reported missing prior to this body being found. It stands to reason that the body could be this man. Soetwater is famous for the abalone that can be found there, so many people try their luck to find some and make some quick cash.”

On Friday 29 November at 8:30, a second body was found close to the first. “There were a few guys who went out fishing at Soetwater and they found a body laying on the rocks. It is also suspected that he was a poacher who had been out poaching the night before.”

Both bodies are still undergoing testing to determine their identities.

“We can only confirm the identities of the victims once the DNA tests have been concluded,” says Sgt Fortuin.

In July, a man was arrested for being in possession of 20kg of abalone in Ocean View. Sgt Fortuin said detectives carried out a search with the fisheries department, during which police found heaps of the large, endangered sea snail. It was estimated that the abalone – which also goes by the name perlemoen – had a street value of R50 000.

V To report a crime, call Ocean View police station on 021 783 8306.

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