It was reported that while fishing with a friend a man, believed to be aged 38, from Knysna, slipped on rocks and fell into the sea. Seeking help, the man’s friend found a bystander at Noetzie Beach who raised the alarm with Knysna NSRI..
NSRI Knysna duty crew were activated following reports and the sea rescue craft Jaytee IV and Jolen were launched and NSRI rescue swimmers responded directly to the scene in our sea rescue vehicle and in their private vehicles. The SA Police Services, WC Government Health EMS, ER24 ambulance services and a Police Dive Unit also responded.
On arrival on the scene NSRI rescue swimmers were deployed into the surfline in rough 2 to 3 meter swells to conduct a search while NSRI crew, Police and emergency services searched along the shoreline.
Despite an extensive search no sign of the man has been found.
A Police Dive Unit and local Police will continue in an ongoing search operation.
NSRI commend members of the local community who provided support to the missing mans friend on the scene and thoughts and support are with family of the missing man in this difficult time.