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A search is continuing for an adult fisherman, from George, who went missing on Saturday after a wave swept him off rocks from the shoreline while he and a fellow fisherman were reportedly collecting bait East of Gwaing River Mouth, near Herolds Bay, Southern Cape, on Saturday.

On Sunday NSRI Wilderness, George Fire and Rescue Services and WC Government Health EMS continued in an ongoing search operation.

On Saturday George Fire and Rescue Services received the first alarm.

At 09h56, Saturday, 12 November, NSRI Wilderness, George Fire and Rescue Services, WC Government Health EMS rescue squad and ambulance, the SA Police Services and the EMS/AMS Skymed rescue helicopter were activated.

NSRI Wilderness launched the NSRI rescue craft V’s Rescuer from Herolds Bay. The NSRI rescue craft Oscars Rescue was towed to the scene and launched. They conducted sea search efforts.

NSRI rescue swimmers were dispatched directly to the scene and together with the emergency services conducted a shoreline search.

The Skymed rescue helicopter conducted an air search.

Sea conditions deteriorated during the search efforts on Saturday.

Despite an extensive air, sea, and shoreline search there remained no sign of the missing man.

On Sunday NSRI Wilderness launched the NSRI rescue craft Ann Stratford and Spirit of Rotary. NSRI Wilderness rescue swimmers and crew, George Fire and Rescue Services, and WC Government Health EMS rescue squad conducted shoreline search efforts while the NSRI rescue craft conducted sweeping line sea search efforts.

There remains no sign of the missing man.

Police divers are continuing in an ongoing search effort.

Our thoughts are with the family of the missing man in this difficult time.

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