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Drowned fisherman washes ashore

Drowned fisherman washes ashore

Niël Terblanché


THE body of one of the two men who drowned after they fell out of a fishing boat when it capsized in the sea off Swakopmund on Wednesday morning was found washed up on a beach north of the Platz am Meer shopping centre.


The head of the Namibian Police’s Public Relations Division, Deputy Commissioner Kauna Shikwambi, confirmed that the body of one of the drowned crew members was retrieved.


“We are still looking for the deceased person’s family to make a positive identification,” she said.


The tragedy occurred when the boat was approaching the launch ramp in the small craft area in front of the shopping centre.


The man, whose body was recovered, as well as another man both worked as crew members on a ski-boat at the time of the accident.


The boat capsized when it broached a freak wave.


The two crew members fell into the sea and drowned.


The owner and skipper of the boat, along with two other men, survived because they were able to hold on to the craft.


When the boat righted itself, the two crew members were nowhere to be seen.


Members of the Namibian Police’s Sea Rescue Team and the Namibian Sea Rescue Institute of Namibia (SRIN) spent hours searching for the two missing men.


Rescue swimmers used a drone to look for the missing men and at one stage a private pilot flew over the scene a few times with a helicopter to assist with the search.


The search was called off late on Wednesday afternoon when the sea became too rough.


According to Adri Goosen, the Chief of the Swakopmund Fire Brigade, the body was found by a joint patrol consisting of members of the Swakopmund Neighbourhood Watch and another volunteer crime prevention group at about 01:00 on Thursday morning.


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