UPDATE 2 : CAPE POINT. Wednesday, 01st May, 2013: Body of missing fisherman found:
At approximately 14h05, Wednesday, 01st May, a body, believed to be that of of Lucas van Wyk, 33, from Steenberg, Southern Suburbs, Cape Town, was located washed up on the beach at Hoek van Bobbejaan in the Cape Point Nature Reserve.
The body was recovered from the beach by Police and handed into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services.
Family of the deceased have been informed and formal positive identification is being arranged by Police.
An intermittent sea and shore search operation has been ongoing since the incident (see media release and update media release below) and involved NSRI Kommetjie, the SA Police Services, Police Divers, Police Sea Borderline, City of Cape Town Marine Law Enforcement, Table Mountain National Park rangers (TMNP) – TMNP Cape Point rangers and TMNP Marine Unit rangers and the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (Sea Fisheries Division).
Sincerest condolences are expressed to the family of the deceased by all emergency agencies that have been involved.
Despite an extensive search no sign of missing fisherman Lucas van Wyk, 33, of Steenberg, Cape Town, has been found.
A Police Dive Unit conducted a dive search. Shore, air and sea searches throughout today have revealed no sign of the missing fisherman.
The fisherman is presumed to have drowned.
NSRI are in contact with the fishing vessel owners and the family of the missing fisherman and they are being kept abreast of developments.
TMNP (Table Mountain National Park) rangers (Cape Point) are conducting a shore patrol at last light today.
NSRI Kommetjie, Police Sea Borderline and the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (Sea Fisheries division) will conduct sea and shore patrols tomorrow morning from first light.
TMNP rangers, the TMNP Marine Unit, City of Cape Town Law Enforcement Marine Unit and Law Enforcement officers, Police Sea Borderline and the Police Dive Unit will continue intermittent searches both at sea and on the shoreline over the remainder of the weekend and into next week in an ongoing effort to recover the body of the missing fisherman.
At 08h20, Friday, 26th April, NSRI Kommetjie volunteer sea rescue duty crew were activated following reports of a fisherman gone missing after falling overboard at Hoek van Bobbejaan, on the Western side of the Cape Point Nature Reserve.
It appears that the crayfish quota boat may have been retrieving crayfish nets just behind the kelp bed off-shore of Hoek van Bobbejaan when kelp got caught up in their propellors. While trying to expel the kelp a wave side-swiped the boat and swamped the boat causing a 30 year old, from Steenberg, Cape Town Southern Suburbs, a fisherman onboard, to fall out of the boat.
According to his brother (a fellow crewman) and the two other people onboard, one being the skipper, a Johnathan Rabain, they at first did not notice that the fisherman had fallen overboard and only once they recovered from the near capsizing of their boat did they notice the missing fisherman.
They raised the alarm while commencing a search and during their search the life-jacket of the missing fisherman was found.
NSRI Kommetjie and NSRI Hout Bay volunteer sea rescue duty crews launched sea rescue craft and responded and NSRI Simonstown sent sea rescue crew, The Red Cross AMS Skymed helicopter, the SA Police Services, City of Cape Town Law Enforcement Marine Unit, the TMNP (Table Mountain National Parks) Marine Unit, WC Government Health EMS rescue squad and CMR (Cape Medical Response) responded.
On arrival on-scene an air, sea and shore search commenced but despite an extensive search no sign of the missing fisherman has been found.
NSRI have rescue swimmers in the water conducting a free dive search.
A Police Dive Unit have joined in the search and Police have opened an inquest docket.
A dense fog bank has rolled in hampering search efforts.
Ian Gray, NSRI Port Elizabeth station commander, said: “At 09h00, Friday, 26th April, NSRI Port Elizabeth volunteer sea rescue duty crew were activated following reports of a 4.5 meter Catamaran boat capsized, with three men onboard, a man estimated to be aged in his early 40’s and two men estimated to be aged in their late 20’s, at Blue Water Bay. Port Elizabeth.
“Our NSRI mobile unit, the SA Police Services, Coastal Rescue, Mandela Bay Fire and Rescue Services, Blue Water Bay Surf Lifesaving lifeguards, EC Government Health EMS ambulance and rescue squad, Netcare 911 ambulance services and Community Police also responded.
“It appears that the boat capsized in shallow water in an outgoing tide and drifted 600 meters North and washed ashore, East of the Swartkops River Mouth, where all three men, who are locals, also washed ashore.
“One of the men has been transported to hospital by ambulance suffering near drowning symptoms but in a stable condition.
“The remaining two men are not injured.”