Mike Vonk, NSRI Wilderness deputy station commander, said:
On Sunday 30 December 2018 at 19h10, NSRI Station 23 Wilderness was contacted to assist a paraglider who had collided with the top of a steep dune in Wilderness.
Earlier we had attended to a similar incident nearby.
George Fire and Rescue Services and Western Cape Government EMS Rescue Services also responded to the scene.
On arrival, we found a 33 year old tourist from the Netherlands who could not move down the dune due to the near vertical drop nor go up as a result of dense vegetation.
In fading light, helicopter access was not possible.
The casualty was advised to wait, while EMS and Fire Department rescue technicians located an access route through the vegetation.
On reaching the casualty, they guided him out to safety in fading light.
He was treated on scene for minor cuts and bruises by a NSRI medic, but he required no further treatment and was released.
Vaughn Seconds, NSRI Strandfontein station commander, said:
During the morning of Monday, 31st December, during an ongoing search operation by Police divers, supported by NSRI Station 16 Strandfontein and Fire and Rescue Services divers, a Police helicopter joined the search and shortly into the aerial search the crew on the Police helicopter spotted the body of the 33 year old Malawian man under water in the vlei and the body was recovered by Police divers and taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services.
Family are being cared for by Police trauma counsellors and Police have opened an inquest docket.
Condolences are conveyed to the family.