Fish­er­man missing af­ter fall­ing over­board

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A FISH­ER­MAN who fell over­board near St Francis Bay, in the East­ern Cape yes­ter­day, is pre­sumed drowned, the Na­tional Sea Res­cue In­sti­tute said.

The search was called off late yes­ter­day.

NSRI spokesman Gary Ry­der said the fish­er­man, 20, went missing and when the crew on the chokka fish­ing boat, Sa­man­tha, could not find him, the NSRI was alerted. “It is be­lieved that the man was not wear­ing a life­jacket and was in full fish­ing gear of gum-boots and oil-skins,” Ry­der said.

“Sea con­di­tions were calm with light winds and it is un­known what caused the man to go over­board.”

An ex­ten­sive sea search was launched. A lo­cal busi­ness­man’s pri­vate plane helped and the SA Air Force also went on standby. – Sapa

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