Missing elderly paddler’s body found in Cape marina
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