The body of a fisherman who capsized off the shore of Mosselbank, Paternoster was found by local residents yesterday [May 12].

According to NSRI Mykonos, they were activated after Western Cape Health EMS altered them to a man experiencing difficulties on a small boat off-shore.

“On arrival it was confirmed that a local adult man, fishing on a small fishing boat that may have capsized in the surf-line, he may have gotten into difficulty in the surf after his cries for help were heard by local residents who raised the alarm and they also reacted to try to assist the man despite the fading light” said Craig Lambinon, NSRI communications manager.

A man on a paddle-ski and another local man swam into the surf with a rope to search for the distressed fisherman but it eventually became too dark.

Upon finding the body, NSRI rescue crew, Police and EMS were called to the scene and sadly paramedics declared the man dead.

The body of the man was taken into the care of the Government Health Forensic Pathology Services and police have opened an inquest docket.

“NSRI commend the public members and local residents who all assisted, including the man who launched his paddle-ski and the man who swam into the surf, for their efforts in trying to help and for raising the alarm,” said Lambinon.

Condolences are conveyed to family and friends of the deceased.

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