Brendon Power, NSRI Ballito duty coxswain, said;
At 09h25, Saturday, 04 April, NSRI Ballito duty crew were activated to respond to assist Police Search and Rescue at Tongaat at the Dudley Pringle Dam in a search for a missing 38 year old local fisherman reportedly missing in the dam.
Our NSRI rescue swimmers with the NSRI rescue craft Freemasons Way, Police Search and Rescue, Police K9 Search and Rescue, Metro Police Search and Rescue and IPSS medical rescue with 2 IPSS rescue craft responded.
2 IPSS rescue craft, a Rigid Inflatable Hull Boat (RIHB), and an Ark, were launched onto the dam accompanied by Police divers, Metro Police divers and a Police K9 Search and Rescue officer with his Police K9 Search and Rescue dog, K9 officer Dante. An extensive water and shoreline search negotiating dense Hyacinth on the dam revealed no sign of the fisherman who was confirmed to have gone missing in the dam while fishing.
The search was suspended on Saturday and on Sunday morning, 05 April, the combined search and rescue team returned to the dam.
The NSRI rescue craft Freemasons Way and the 2 IPSS rescue craft were launched accompanied by Police divers, Metro Police divers and K9 Search and Rescue officers with their 2 Police K9 Search and Rescue dogs, K9 officer Dante and K9 officer Ghost. During the extensive ongoing search operation, and with the assistance of K9 officer Dante and Ghost, the body of the fisherman was located and recovered from under water. Sadly he was confirmed to be deceased.
He has been taken into the care of the Government Health Forensic Pathology Services and Police have opened an inquest docket.
Condolences are conveyed to his family and friends.
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