A man drowned after going overboard a yacht off the Port Elizabeth coast early Sunday morning, said the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI).
Spokesman Craig Lambinon said the yacht was returning to Port Elizabeth from a nightsail when the man, a member of the crew, went overboard in unknown circumstances around 2.20am.
The skipper of the yacht raised the alarm and began a search for the man, apparently in his late 40's.
The NSRI also joined in the search. The man was discovered in the water. However, despite efforts to resuscitate him, he died shortly after.
Police were investigating and an inquest docket was opened. - Sapa