No sign has been found of a fisherman who went missing after the canoe he was on capsized off-shore of Soetwater near Kommetjie in Cape Town on Saturday night, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said.
NSRI Kommetjie duty crew were alerted just after 10am following reports from police of a man who had reported that he and a 22-year-old friend had been fishing during the night when their canoe capsized, NSRI Kommetjie station commander Ian Klopper said on Sunday.
The 22-year-old man had failed to come ashore and was suspected to be missing in the sea close inshore at Soetwater, he said.
NSRI Kommetjie launched the sea rescue craft Spirit of the Vines and Ilbattello, and an NSRI rescue vehicle and NSRI rescue swimmers, the NSRI Hout Bay sea rescue craft Nadine Gordimer and Albie Matthews, the Cape Town fire and rescue services and a dive unit, Western Cape government health EMS, the AMS/EMS Skymed rescue helicopter, and police also responded.
“On arrival on the scene an extensive sea, air, and shoreline search, including four sea rescue craft, the Skymed helicopter conducting sea and air search patterns, and fire divers and NSRI rescue swimmers conducting free-dive sweeping line search in the water, has revealed no sign of the missing fisherman.”
Police had opened an investigation and a police dive unit would continue an ongoing search operation, Klopper said.