Man drowns while fishing on West Coast

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IOL news dec 22 nsri_nov 30 INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS The NSRI conducting a search. File Photo: Henk Kruger

Cape Town - A Table View man drowned at Trekoskraal near Mykonos on the West Coast at the weekend.

National Sea Rescue Institute volunteers responded to a call on Saturday morning when the 51-year-old man’s body was spotted floating in the water.

NSRI spokesman Andrew Ingram said the victim had allegedly been fishing from the rocks.

He added that waves in the area at the time recorded huge swells, some of up to 2.4 metres at the entrance to the Langebaan lagoon.

In a separate incident, two men from Joburg, aged 17 and 22, were rescued by surfers after being caught in a rip current at Lamberts Bay beach.

Ingram said two surfers handed the men one of their surfboards.

“The four then managed to paddle to shore much higher up the beach (to the north), which is where the 17-year-old’s father found them. They were safe and needed no further help,” said Ingram.

At St Francis Bay on Saturday night, a 30-year-old man died after diving off a boat into a sandbank.

When he surfaced, he did not turn over, and his friends jumped in and lifted him into the boat.

A local doctor and the Emergency Medical Services, as well as NSRI volunteers, responded, but all attempts at resuscitation were unsuccessful.

Meanwhile, the body of a 12-year-old boy, presumed to have drowned in the Cegcuwana River, was discovered by Eastern Cape police yesterday.

Police spokesman Captain Jackson Manatha said the boy had been among four youngsters who went for a swim on Saturday. “It is alleged the boy drowned at about 2pm and his friends went home to inform the elders about the incident.”

An inquest docket has been opened.

Cape Argus

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