Police seek dead sailor’s next of kin

2018-12-27 06:00

MARGATE SAPS are still trying to contact the next of kin of the sailor who was found dead when his yacht washed up on Southbroom beach last Saturday.

The man was identified as a 69-year-old French national.

At about 6.30 am on December 15, NSRI Port Edward duty crew were activated following reports of a yacht washing ashore at a beach at Southbroom on the South Coast. Captain Nqobile Gwala told News24 that the man had been sailing from Port Elizabeth to Durban. She also said the body had already started decomposing when it was discovered.

NSRI Port Edward station commander John Nicolas said that when NSRI Police Search and Rescue, SA Police Services, local Neighbourhood Watch, and Med-Evac ambulance services arrived on scene, an adult male was found deceased on the yacht and the body was taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services. Police are in possession of the man’s passport.

The South African Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa), Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC), and Police are investigating and assisting in the case.

NSRI, police, and emergency services assisted to secure the yacht for assessment by Samsa and the yacht was removed to a secure holding site.

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