CT fisherman presumed drowned

2013-04-26 22:37

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Johannesburg - A Cape Town fisherman who went missing after he fell overboard from a crayfish boat on Friday is presumed to have drowned, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said.

"Despite an extensive search no sign of missing fisherman Lucas van Wyk, 33, of Steenberg has been found," said NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon.

"Shore, air and sea searches throughout Friday have revealed no sign of the missing fisherman."

Van Wyk went missing earlier in the day from a crayfish boat near the Cape Point Nature Reserve.

He was retrieving nets close to the shore when its propellers became entangled with kelp and while trying to dislodge the kelp, a wave side-swiped the boat and swamped it, causing Van Wyk to fall overboard.

The boat's crew only noticed the man's absence after they had recovered from the near capsizing.

His lifejacket was found earlier in the day during the search.

NSRI Kommetjie, Police Sea Borderline and the department of agriculture, forestry and fisheries will continue searches at sea and shore patrols at first light on Saturday.

Searches will continue over the weekend and into next week in an effort to retrieve Van Wyk's body, said Lambinon.

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