Missing Western Cape diver identified

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IOL news jan6 Smitswinkel Bay Independent Newspapers File photo: Karen Clement

The man whose body was found in the Rockeater wreck after he went missing was identified as James McGee, Western Cape police said on Monday.

“The deceased is 56-year-old James McGee from Constantia, Cape Town,” said Captain FC van Wyk.

McGee went missing on Saturday while on a 34-metre recreational dive with friends at Smitswinkel Bay.

It is suspected that he remained at the Rockeater wreck after being separated from the other divers he was with.

National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) spokesman Craig Lambinon said the Rockeater was a diamond prospecting vessel equipped with a rock drill for exploration and rock sample prospecting.

“The drill was removed prior to the vessel being scuttled in Smitswinkel Bay in 1972.”

The man's body was found on Sunday during a dive search co-ordinated by police divers including fire and rescue and the Western Cape emergency management services divers. -Sapa



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