South Africa 31.5.2018 04:24 pm

Search at Sundays River Mouth for missing fisherman

A search is underway for Jacques Schamrel who possibly drowned at Sundays River Mouth while fishing, Eastern Cape police say, 31 May 2018.

A search is underway for Jacques Schamrel who possibly drowned at Sundays River Mouth while fishing, Eastern Cape police say, 31 May 2018.

Any person who may have information that could assist police are requested to contact the Kinkelbos Police Station. 

A search is underway for a 39-year-old man who possibly drowned at Sundays River Mouth, Eastern Cape police said today.

Police spokesperson Captain Andre Beetge said Kinkelbos police and other emergency response units were alerted to a possible drowning at Sundays River Mouth this morning.

This after Ockert Erasmus, 38, reported that his fishing friend, Jacques Schamrel, 39, went missing while being on a fishing trip at Sundays River Mouth.

Erasmus alleged that both of them were on a small fishing boat, anchored in the middle of the river mouth, when he fell asleep while Schamrel was still busy fishing.

“When he woke up again at about 6am, he noticed his friend missing from the boat. After spotting his friend’s clothing on the shore, he beached the boat there and searched for his friend in the sand dunes.”

According to Erasmus he could not find Schamrel and phoned his wife who in turn notified the police.

“By 2pm police rescue teams and divers were still searching for Mr Schamrel who is suspected to have drowned possibly,” Beetge said.

Any person who may have information that could assist police are requested to contact the Kinkelbos Police Station.

African News Agency (ANA) 

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