Brynn Gericke, NSRI Richards Bay deputy station commander, said:
At 12h00, Sunday, 20th August, NSRI Richards Bay duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) following reports of an angler, aged approximately 36, washed off rocks by waves at Cape Vidal while fishing.
Our sea rescue vehicle was dispatched carrying our NSRI rescue swimmers to the scene and two NSRI sea rescue craft were towed to the scene to be launched if required. The TNPA helicopter carrying NSRI ASR (Air Sea Rescue) rescue swimmers and Ezemvelo Wildlife rangers and the SA Police Services responded.
A local fishing boat, Advantage, also assisted in the operation and searched an area North of the area.
Despite an extensive sea, shore and air search and rescue operation no sign of the missing fisherman has been found and a Police Dive Unit will continue an ongoing search operation.
Police have opened an investigation into the incident.