Port Elizabeth - A 19-year-old fisherman died after a freak wave hit a boat off Algoa Bay in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape police said on Thursday.

Captain Stanley Jarvis said it happened while the crew was fishing on Wednesday at around 3pm.

The skipper found Achmat Hendricks bleeding from the nose and ears and immediately left for the harbour, but paramedics declared him dead upon their arrival at 6am on Thursday.

Two other crew members were serious injured and taken St George's hospital. - Sapa