Two fishermen died when a commercial fishing boat capsized in the harbour entrance at the Kowie River mouth at Port Alfred in the Eastern Cape on Saturday morning.
Two fishermen survived the ordeal.
Keryn van der Walt‚ NSRI Port Alfred duty coxswain for the National Sea Rescue Institute‚ said the 26-foot Butt-Cat Hawaii‚ a commercial fishing boat‚ was found capsized and washed onto a sand bank in a strong rip current in the outgoing Spring tide in 3 to 4 metres swells.
“Our sea rescue craft was used to hold the boat on the sand bank in strong rip currents before the casualty boat could be recovered to the beach.
“An NSRI rescue swimmer was posted on the harbour wall to act as spotter during the operation.
“Two adult male survivors‚ one the skipper of the boat‚ were found safe on the beach and sadly one deceased adult male was located on the beach.
“The deceased man who was located on the beach was taken into the care of Police and the Forensic Pathology Services‚” Van der Walt said.
She said an extensive sea and shoreline search continued for the one missing man who was found floating semi-submerged in the water 50m offshore wearing a life jacket.
“… Two NSRI rescue swimmers were deployed into the surf from the sea rescue craft and they recovered the man onto the beach but sadly he has been declared deceased by paramedics and the body of the deceased man has been taken into the care of Police and the Forensic Pathology Services‚” Van der Walt added.