Dirk Manten, NSRI Vaal Dam station commander, said:
At 08h20, Tuesday, 19th September, NSRI Vaal Dam duty crew were activated following reports of a drowning at Kylie Bay, Vaal Dam.
NSRI Vaal Dam rescue swimmers responded with the SA Police Services and our private boat Hassles was launched.
It was confirmed that a 28 year old man, from Sasolburg, fishing from a canoe about 100 meters off-shore of Kylie Bay, had fallen into the water and disappeared under water. Friends of the man that were on the shoreline raised the alarm.
Despite an extensive search no sign of the missing man was found and a Police Dive Unit were alerted and continued with an ongoing search including a scuba dive search and during a dive search the body of the man was located and recovered.
The body of the man has been taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services and Police have opened an inquest docket.
Sincere Condolences are conveyed to family and friends.
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