ST HELENA BAY:
Casper Frylinck, NSRI Mykonos station commander, said:
NSRI Mykonos launched the sea rescue craft Gemini Rescuer II accompanied by the Police Dive Unit at 15h30, Monday, 30th April, at St Helena Bay and a search commenced for the fishing boat Normandie that capsized on Sunday night 10 nautical miles off-shore North of St Helena Bay.
Following a search the capsized fishing boat Normandie was located 13 nautical miles off-shore of St Helena Bay.
Police divers scuba dived under the boat and during the scuba dive search the body of the missing fisherman was located and recovered.
The body has been brought to St Helena Bay harbour and taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services and Police have opened an inquest docket.
Sincere Condolences are conveyed to family, friends and colleagues of the fisherman.
A maritime navigational warning continues to be broadcast by Telkom Maritime Radio Services advising the floating capsized boat navigational hazard.
Matthys Koch, NSRI Lamberts Bay station commander, said:
At 20h45, Monday, 30th April, NSRI Lamberts Bay duty crew were activated following a request for assistance from the fishing boat Spear reporting fuel starvation off-shore of Elands Bay with 3 Saldanha Bay fishermen onboard 5 nautical miles West of Elands Bay.
The sea rescue craft Douglas Murray was towed to Elands Bay and launched accompanied by fuel that was supplied by friends of the fishermen and on arrival on the scene we found them safe at anchor and the fuel was transferred to the casualty boat.
They re-fueled and after recovering their anchor which had appeared to snag we escorted them into Elands Bay harbour and after their boat was recovered no further assistance was required.
The operation completed at 02h00.
TO REPORT A SEA RESCUE EMERGENCY DIAL 112 FROM A CELLPHONE