Sea Rescue – False Bay – Saturday, 16 October, 2010. Fisherman dies and two fellow fishermen rescued.
Mario Fredericks, Sea Rescue Strandfontein station commander, said: “At 08h14 Sea Rescue Strandfontein and Sea Rescue Simonstown, the Metro Ambulance and Rescue Services, the Metro Red Cross AMS helicopter and Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services were activated following a report of a fishing boat (5 metre Trek Fishing Boat) capsized approximately half a nautical mile off-shore of (halfway) between Muizenburg and Strandfontein on the False Bay Coast, reportedly with three male fishermen onboard and one reported to be trapped underneath the hull of the capsized boat.
“Sea Rescue Strandfontein launched their rescue craft I&J Rescuer III and Sea Rescue Simonstown launched their rescue craft Spirit of Safmarine III.
“Sea Rescue swimmers Bradley Petersen and Mark Benecke, from NSRI Strandfontein, that were dispatched directly to the scene by road, on arriving on-scene found the capsized boat approximately 100 metres off-shore in the waveline and they swam out to the boat and found the skipper, Chris Arendse, 48, and crewman Ashwyn Heynes, 25, both from Lavendar Hill, both afloat and swimming towards the shore.
The two sea rescue swimmers then turned their attention to crewman Anthony Zimmery, 47, who was underwater and attempts to keep him afloat were being made by a bystander Dawood Rayned (A fellow Trek Fisherman who had swum out from the beach to try to help the men after he noticed that their boat had capsized).
The two sea rescue swimmers brought Anthony Zimmery ashore (they also assisted to get Dawood Rayned ashore as he had become tired and exhausted) and both the reaining crew, the skipper Chris and the crewman Ashwyn, got ashore safely.
“Cape Town Traffic services closed Baden Powell Drive for a while during the incident and the SA Police Services assisted with crowd control.
“Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) efforts were immediately commenced by the NSRI rescue swimmers assisted by bystanders and Advanced Life Support CPR was initiated on the arrival of the Metro Red Cross AMS paramedics and by the Fire and Rescue Service paramedics but after extensive efforts to resuscitate the man were exhausted he was declared dead on-scene.
“The family of Anthony Zimmery, his Son and Wife, were summoned to the scene accompanied by their Pastor and they are being assisted by Police Trauma Counsellors.
“It is believed that Anthony Zimmery was trapped under the upturned hull of the boat after it capsized and he was reportedly freed from the entrapment by his skipper and fellow crewman.
“The men were Trek Fishing when the incident occurred.
“It has not been determined the cause of death of Mr. Zimmery and an Autopsy will be conducted.
“The body of the deceased has been handed into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services.
“It is not clear at this stage what caused the boat to capsize and the SAMSA (South African Maritime Safety Authority) have been informed.
“The SA Police services have opened an inquest docket.”