Miss­ing elderly pad­dler’s body found in Cape ma­rina

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THE body of a miss­ing pad­dler has been found sub­merged in the in­land salt-wa­ter lake at Ma­rina Da Gama, Muizen­berg, in Cape Town, the Na­tional Sea Res­cue In­sti­tute (NSRI) said yes­ter­day.

NSRI Strand­fontein was ac­ti­vated at 9.24pm on Fri­day night after a fam­ily re­ported a 74-year-old male fam­ily mem­ber miss­ing at Ma­rina Da Gama, spokesper­son Craig Lam­bi­non said.

It was be­lieved the man had pad­dled to an­other home on the ma­rina ear­lier in the day.

When fam­ily mem­bers ar­rived home in the early evening he was not there, nor at the other res­i­dence.

His ca­noe was also not found, rais­ing con­cerns he could be miss­ing in the wa­ters of the ma­rina.

The lo­cal neigh­bour­hood watch, friends and a large com­mu­nity con­tin­gent started a search. The South African Po­lice Ser­vice was also called to as­sist.

NSRI Strand­fontein dis­patched a jet-ski and res­cue swim­mers, Cape Town fire and res­cue ser­vices sent their fire and res­cue dive unit and jet­skis, NSRI Kom­metjie sent res­cue swim­mers and a sea res­cue craft, NSRI Si­mon­stown dis­patched a search sup­port team and Cape Med­i­cal Re­sponse dis­patched a med­i­cal res­cue crew, he said.

“Dur­ing an ex­ten­sive search the ca­noe was found dur­ing the early hours of the morn­ing ap­pear­ing to have been washed ashore, rais­ing con­cerns that the man was miss­ing in the ma­rina, and the search con­tin­ued.”

Dur­ing the early hours of the morn­ing, the search was sus­pended and it re­sumed at 7.30am yes­ter­day, with the as­sis­tance of a po­lice dive unit and a po­lice he­li­copter, sup­ported by a fire and res­cue ser­vices dive unit, NSRI Strand­fontein and the lo­cal neigh­bour­hood watch and com­mu­nity mem­bers.

“It has been re­vealed that the ca­noe was found on Fri­day af­ter­noon by a res­i­dent who thought noth­ing of a ca­noe found float­ing on the ma­rina and he had put it in his yard think­ing it had been aban­doned or washed off a nearby yard.

“Sadly, dur­ing the on­go­ing search, the body of the man was lo­cated and re­cov­ered by po­lice divers and the body will be taken into the care of foren­sic pathol­ogy ser­vices.

“Po­lice have opened an in­quest docket. All emer­gency ser­vices teams on the scene have ex­pressed con­do­lences to fam­ily and friends. The huge pub­lic and com­mu­nity as­sis­tance is com­mended,” Lam­bi­non said. – African News Agency/ANA

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