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Fisherman dies, another missing as boat capsizes in False Bay

  • A fishing boat capsized at Rooi Els on Thursday leaving one fisherman lifeless, and another missing. 
  • Three fishermen managed to make it to shore safely. 
  • Divers have been tasked to search for the missing fisherman. 

A fishing boat capsized at Rooi Els in the Western Cape on Thursday leaving a fisherman lifeless, and another missing.

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) stated three fishermen managed to get to shore safely. 



Alan Meiklejohn, NSRI Gordons Bay station commander, stated a large search and rescue crew was activated after a report {that a} 23 foot fishing boat had capsized.

It was understood to have had a crew of 5 fishermen from Mitchells Plain on board. 

With the three attending to the shore safely, a search commenced for 2 fishermen who have been nonetheless missing and never accounted for.

“During the search, one of the missing fishermen was located in the surf and he was recovered onto a sea rescue craft and sadly the fisherman, age 48, has been declared deceased,” stated Meiklejohn.

“Despite an extensive sea, air and shoreline search there remains no sign of the remaining one missing fisherman,” he stated. 

Police divers had an ongoing search operation for the missing fisherman.

The boat stays washed up amongst rocks on the shoreline.

The NSRI conveyed condolences to the household, colleagues and mates of the deceased fisherman.

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