Man feared drowned off Witsand

2013-02-10 18:52

Johannesburg - A 73-year-old man was swept out to sea on a small boat at the Duiwenhoks River mouth near Witsand in the Western Cape, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said on Sunday.

It appeared the man was fishing when his boat drifted towards the river mouth during the outgoing tide on Saturday, said NSRI Witsand deputy station commander Rob Wilson.

"We believe the motor might have failed or was not strong enough to cope against the tide, causing the boat to be swept out of the river mouth before capsizing in the surf," said Wilson.

On Sunday, the boat was found washed ashore on the beachfront, approximately 300m along the coast from the river mouth.

However, no sign of the missing man was found, despite an extensive search. He is now feared drowned.

Police divers are continuing with the search on Sunday. An inquest docket has been opened.

  • sally.lewitt - 2013-02-11 01:11

    Poor man.. Hope they find him.

  • piet.boerie - 2013-02-11 04:28

    RIP fisherman. Thank-you to the great people of NSRI who volunteer time and put their lives at risk for others, unlike government of course.

  • sam.swanpoel - 2013-02-11 11:11

    That is a dangerous rivermouth plenty of capsises happens there.

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