Missing scuba diver found in jail

2011-09-15 12:05

Cape Town - A missing scuba diver nearly sparked a full scale search and rescue operation in Cape Town - until the man's mother informed rescuers that her son had in fact been locked by the police.

The National Sea Rescue Institute mobilised on Wednesday night after an emergency call that a man had not returned from a late afternoon dive at Cape Town's St James beach.

But all activated rescue services - including a police helicopter with a thermal imaging detector - were called off after a phone call to the missing 42-year-old's family, said NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon.

"Fortunately the mother of the missing man informed us that her son had just called her and that he was locked up in the cells of a police station... for allegedly being found diving in a protected marine reserve without a permit."

The alarm was raised by the man's friend who grew anxious after darkness fell.

"All rescue resources were stood down as they were no longer required and the man's friend was relieved to find out that he was alive and well," said Lambinon.

"It appears that while the friend had gone for a walk along the beach law enforcement agencies had come across the scuba diver diving and they had arrested him for apparently not having a dive permit."

  • M. Khoza - 2011-09-15 12:11

    wifey is gonna donner you

      SlapTjip - 2011-09-15 12:27

      Baie hard too lol

      Succubus - 2011-09-15 17:17

      Out of deep water, strait into deep trouble!

  • MeltdowN - 2011-09-15 12:14

    What the hell? was he poaching or just sight seeing ?

      DW - 2011-09-15 13:08

      They dont care. You are not allowed to dive in a protected marine area without a permit - new rules. It is supposed to protect the environment against poachers, but divers are not sure how, as scuba divers are (mostly) very environmentally conscious and are not the ones who poach. So not sure how issuing permits to people who follow the law is going to stop poaching. What is to stop a poacher from getting a permit and still bringing up bags of perlemoen etc? The permit in itself does not stop people from poaching. Stupid law - just another fundraising exercise.

      Anonymous Thinker - 2011-09-15 13:15

      DW is right. Divers now have to get dive permits. However they don't allow diving in a marine protected area. You need a special permit for that.

      tk - 2011-09-15 13:28

      Agree DW, ridiculous law. Another law that got pushed by Marthinus if I remember correctly, and only costing us law abiding divers a lot of money. The only good thing I saw in the law was that they required more funds to protect the areas and wanted to use permit money for that purpose. Ends up in being just another tax because the normal tax is not capable of being run properly and cover costs for running and protecting a country and its resources and citizens.

      tk - 2011-09-15 13:28

      @Anonymous Thinker, when did that law come in? The first time I heard that you need a diving permit outside of MPAs?!

      DW - 2011-09-15 13:37

      tk, you can no longer dive on Aliwal Shoal without a permit, and as far as I am aware, that is not a MPA. This has caused a huge outcry amongst the diving fraternity. Sodwana Bay does fall within an MPA but I dont remember getting a permit when I dived there last time. Not sure how the whole law works. Can someone inform us please?

      Humpme Dumpm - 2011-09-15 13:57

      @DW, I assume he didnt have a "dompass" then. Is that what we're going back to?

      chappy - 2011-09-15 15:52

      @ Anonymous Thinker: - Just to correct you, the permit is for diving WITHIN an MPA. Areas that do not fall within an MPA are excluded, but certain "special interest" areas like Sodwana have specific local requirements. In Cape Town pretty much the entire coastline falls within an MPA (obviously this is good for the environmental protection). The problem I have is that they don't seem to be using the revenue generated to do anything for divers. I would have thought at the very least they would arrange for permanent bouys on popular dive sites to tie up the boat so people don't have to drop anchor and destroy the reefs. Just another wealth tax I'm afraid...

      Stephen - 2011-09-15 16:45

      Years ago I was called out to a complaint of poaching at a residence on arrival there was a man with permit from sea fisheries that he just bought it leagaly and that same man was sighning bail conditions at the police station for poaching perlemoen so go figre they take it from the poachers and sell it back to them that's why us law abinding divers can't go take perlemoen out anymore

  • Saphyr Blur - 2011-09-15 12:21

    I saw on enews channel this morning that a guy burned out his wife and kids and is out walking the streets. This country's priorities are f*^ked up.

      Rhynoster - 2011-09-15 16:57

      Theres a huge difference between the country...and how things are done in the Western Cape.

  • JohnLeft - 2011-09-15 12:30

    Ja, in the country you just need R29 in your ash-tray, that's enough for a streetwise 2 and coke should you get into trouble in the future.

      Innocence - 2011-09-15 13:11

      eish, you forget extra mini loaf, want to be full up.

  • Felix - 2011-09-15 12:38

    How did they catch him? Bubbles?

  • 32 - 2011-09-15 12:40

    HA HA HAAAAA he probably suffered from nitrox narcosis and dived around high !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Pulverturm - 2011-09-15 12:52

      It's Nitrogen Narcosis, Nitrox is a gas blend.

      YasButIDunno - 2011-09-16 07:53

      Don't drink and dive.

  • Killroy2011 - 2011-09-15 12:50

    fishy fishy

  • Pulverturm - 2011-09-15 12:51

    Something about this story doesn't add up... The last time I got a permit to dive in a MPA (Marine Protected Area) it came on a little piece of paper. You can't dive with it. He must have been poaching perlamoen or something.

      Peter - 2011-09-15 14:19

      It's perl-e-moen.

  • Moron - 2011-09-15 12:52

    Should have thrown him to white sharks...wasted police resources

      Bart23 - 2011-09-15 19:38

      Moron sounds just about right - you!

  • Dan - 2011-09-15 13:08

    Goodness sake!!!! A diver thown into cells and Malema still roams our streets. Sick Country!!!

      Ayoba - 2011-09-15 16:54

      @Dan, I think I saw a drunk guy driving in town yesterday. Jumping all red robots. No policeman was willing to stop him. That was until I realised that it was Bees Roux.

  • thabatao - 2011-09-15 13:10

    Somebody buried treasures down there and now it is a protected reserve so nobody can sightsee their hidden loot.

  • Inhlanzi - 2011-09-15 13:29

    How funny would it be if they ended up flying around in a police helicopter looking for a man the police had in custody

      Humpme Dumpm - 2011-09-15 14:02

      Not so funny bud, the NSRI about 2 years ago searched for a guy who supposedly got lost on his fishing ski in Toti. Turns out he cut his ski up, left his car in a parking lot and hitched down to Cape Town to disappear for a while.......NSRI searched for him for about 4 days!

      Peter - 2011-09-15 14:20

      They could eventually fly up their own arses......

  • Shando - 2011-09-15 13:53

    the LAW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Nedkelly - 2011-09-15 14:09

    Serves him right for diving in a protected area.

  • Steven - 2011-09-15 14:27

    Why was he diving without a buddy in the water with him?

      Tolerant - 2011-09-15 15:26

      His buddy went walkabouts. LOL.

      torimalakou - 2011-09-15 15:33

      I agree with Steven. That is rule number 1. That and then no permit in a marine protected area. The law is there to protect our oceans, and if you can afford scuba as a hobby you can afford a permit.

      torimalakou - 2011-09-15 15:35

      Just checked - it's R75 for a year....

      John - 2011-12-11 09:06

      ... and it costs more than R75 to enforce. Another senseless law passed by someone who can't swim.

  • cavafergie - 2011-09-15 14:43

    Why the hell does one need a permit to dive ?? Next you will need a permit just to look at Table Mountain. Can one not just get into the water anymore just to observe the wonders of the ocean ??.. Its becomming way too much

      Tolerant - 2011-09-15 15:29

      Not in a protected marine reserve, without papers. It sounds like the dompass of old.

      jobless - 2011-09-15 15:41

      and what about the surfing permit, and dog walking permit, and suntanning permit...and thats just for the beach, maybe we should suggest a "do anything permit", that you can buy from the ATM, for the weekend...

  • stormsingleton - 2011-09-15 15:04

    Just another money laundering scandal by the corrupt government. Most divers are environmentally conscious so this has c.o.r.r.u.p.t.i.o.n all over it. Fakin self righteous greedy pigs

      harley1 - 2011-12-21 08:23

      why the hell do we have to pay to swim in the sea ?when i used to dive one never needed a permit! i suppose the money goes to building sheebeens .

  • claudevn - 2011-09-15 15:18

    Last place they would have looked! LOL

  • shane.jacoby - 2011-09-15 15:35

    WTF... I love snorkling... So what's next?

  • BoneCollectR - 2011-09-15 16:00

    Diver found in shark cage!

  • Shistirrer - 2011-09-15 16:12

    Scuba diving alone? Something's fishy.

  • Ayoba - 2011-09-15 16:55

    This is the only time you would be happy that your family member is arrested.

  • lenyora - 2011-09-15 16:55 this MPA demarcated?? what if he accidentally swam from a normal area into the Protected Area without realising it??

  • RuthK - 2011-09-15 18:04

    I'm a diver and this is the first I have heard of the permits. how ridiculous. divers are very environmentally conscious, and are not out o destroy the seal life... so silly!

  • preshen govender - 2011-09-16 07:40

    sound like a scooby doo story

  • Ben - 2011-09-16 08:55

    Good example how those f-ing poachers spoiled it for the rest of us...

  • AllHoliday - 2011-09-16 09:38

    Wrong place - he should have gone to Paternoster...ther you can do as you like!

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