Body of missing paddler found

2014-11-17 15:38

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Johannesburg - The body of a Johannesburg paddler, missing since the weekend off the Eastern Cape coast, was found on Monday, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said.

Spokesperson Craig Lambinon said: "The body of Mark Feather was located on the shore in the vicinity of Trennerys on the Wild Coast, Transkei.

"The body... is in the care of the police and will be taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services."

The police have opened an inquest docket," he said.

Feather, 43, went missing on Saturday during the Peter Marlin surf-ski challenge between Orient Beach and Yellowsands, in East London.

The challenge started at 07:00, during which wind conditions increased to 47 knots and swells of 6.5m were recorded.

As a result, six surf-skiers were reported missing and were overdue at the finish line, off-shore of East London, at around 10:00, Lambinon said at the time.

Five of them were found on the beach during a search, having withdrawn from the challenge.

An extensive search for Feather was conducted on Saturday and Sunday.

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