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In 2 cases , on Tuesday, 7 June, NSRI and Police divers located and recovered 2 bodies adrift at sea, at Hangklip and at Simonstown.

SIMONSTOWN:

Darren Zimmerman, NSRI Simonstown station commander, said:

At 09h13, Tuesday, 7 June, NSRI Simonstown duty crew were activated following Police reports of a body reportedly sighted by an eye-witness adrift off-shore of Long Beach, Simonstown.

NSRI Simonstown shore crew responded directly to the scene in our NSRI rescue vehicle to join Police at Long Beach and the Police Dive Unit was activated.

The sea rescue craft Spirit of Surfski II was prepared to be launched and on Police divers arriving at Simonstown NSRI rescue base the sea rescue craft was launched accompanied by Police divers.

On arrival on the scene the body of an adult male was recovered by Police divers and taken onboard our sea rescue craft and brought to our NSRI Simonstown rescue base.

The body has been taken into the care of Government Health Forensic Pathology Services.

Police have opened an inquest docket.

Family attended and they were taken into the care of counsellors.

It appears that the man may have been a worker at local road works and he had reportedly disappeared from his post at the road works in the early hours of the morning before being spotted in the surfline later that same morning.

Condolences are conveyed to family of the deceased man.

HANGKLIP:

Michael Markovina, NSRI Kleinmond training officer, said:

At 09h31, Tuesday, 7 June, NSRI Kleinmond duty crew were activated following eye-witness reports of a body adrift off-shore of Hangklip, between Gordons Bay and Kleinmond.

Our NSRI rescue vehicle and the SA Police Services responded while our sea rescue craft Jaytee III was prepared to be launched.

The Police Dive Unit was activated.

Our sea rescue craft was launched, accompanied by Police divers, and on arrival on the scene, following a search, the body of an adult male was located and recovered onto our sea rescue craft by Police divers.

The body of the deceased man was brought to the Hangklip slipway, at Maasbaai, and the body has been taken into the care of Government Health Forensic Pathology Services.

Police have opened an inquest docket.

It has not been confirmed if the body of the deceased man may be that of a man who went missing in the area over a week ago.

Police are assisting the family in the case.

NSRI commend the close working relationship with local Police, Government Health EMS, CMR (Cape Medical Response), Government Health Forensic Pathology Services and the Police Dive Unit.



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