Two fishermen drown after being swept off rocks at Rooi Els

An NSRI member surveys rescue work. (Lulama Zenzile, Gallo Images, Foto24, file)
An NSRI member surveys rescue work. (Lulama Zenzile, Gallo Images, Foto24, file)

Two fishermen were declared dead after their bodies were retrieved from the ocean at Rooi Els, between Gordon's Bay and Kleinmond, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said on Sunday.

The NSRI launched their search teams after the men went missing on Saturday afternoon, after it was believed that they had been swept off the rocks into the water.

"The sons of one of the missing men and a bystander on a weekend away with friends had initiated a search, but only the missing men's fishing gear and personal items could be found on rocks where they had been fishing," said NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon.

They retrieved the men off shore in the surf and initiated CPR while they returned to the sea rescue base.

Paramedics met the sea craft on its arrival and continued with advanced life support, but the men were eventually declared dead.

"It remains unknown if the men had both been swept off rocks by a wave, as no eye-witnesses have come forward. Condolences are conveyed to the families," Lambinon said.

The men were believed to be from Macassar.

An inquest docket has been opened.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
As South Africa faces down the third Covid-19 wave, how are you keeping your family safe ?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Staying at home, isolating and being careful
18% - 1121 votes
Sanitising and wearing masks when we go out
68% - 4233 votes
Going on as usual, we're not afraid of the virus
14% - 847 votes
Vote
Rand - Dollar
14.10
+0.3%
Rand - Pound
19.94
+0.1%
Rand - Euro
17.14
+0.2%
Rand - Aus dollar
10.96
+0.3%
Rand - Yen
0.13
+0.0%
Gold
1,867.20
+1.3%
Silver
28.18
+2.8%
Palladium
2,894.50
0.0%
Platinum
1,241.21
+1.0%
Brent Crude
68.71
+2.5%
Top 40
61,193
+1.0%
All Share
67,217
+0.9%
Resource 10
70,663
+1.8%
Industrial 25
83,982
+0.9%
Financial 15
12,612
-0.6%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo