Police divers are searching for a 32-year-old man who fell off his paddle ski and disappeared under water in Kalk Bay on Sunday.
This comes after the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) crew received reports of a drowning at around 2:20pm on September 26 in front of a restaurant at the Kalk Bay harbour.
“On arrival at the scene, we found two bystanders in the water, one armed with an NSRI pink rescue buoy, who had both volunteered to enter the water to try to rescue a 32-year-old male who had fallen off a paddle-ski about 30 meters off shore before disappearing under water, while public members raised the alarm,” said NSRI Simon’s Town station commander, Darren Zimmerman.
“An extensive air, sea, and shoreline search commenced, which included NSRI rescue swimmers free dive sweeping line search efforts,” Zimmerman adds. But there was still no sign of the missing man.
Zimmerman went on to say that a police dive unit was activated while NSRI Simon’s Town dispatched the sea rescue craft Donna Nicholas. This was used to support the police divers on the scene. Scuba dive search efforts were conducted but there remains no sign of the missing man, who is believed to reside in Kalk Bay.