50-year-old snorkller dies

2012-01-10 20:20

Johannesburg - A 50-year-old man drowned at St Francis Bay on Tuesday, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said.

The Cape Town man was found floating in the water about 100m off-shore, NSRI St Francis Bay station commander Marc May said in a statement.

He had been snorkelling at the time. A mother and her son tried to rescue him, but failed to reach him.

"It is not known what caused the man to get into difficulties in the water."

The man's family was receiving trauma counselling. Police opened an inquest docket.