A 54-year-old man from Cape Town has gone missing at sea after his brother reported that he had gone overboard from their yacht in rough seas. The incident occurred approximately 30 nautical miles off-shore of Port St Johns. The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) was alerted to the emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) activation and launched a search operation. A survivor, a 57-year-old man, was rescued from the yacht by an oil/chemical tanker, but his brother was not found. The yacht showed signs of damage and remains adrift at sea. An investigation has been launched by the South African Police Services and the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA). Despite an extensive search, there have been no signs of the missing man.
The NSRI commended the efforts of the captain and crew of the oil/chemical tanker, as well as Telkom Maritime Radio Services, for their assistance in the search. The family arranged for a fixed-wing aircraft to conduct a search, and fishing vessels and commercial vessels also joined in the search efforts. However, there have been no developments in locating the missing man. The family has requested privacy during this difficult time, and the NSRI expressed their thoughts for the missing man’s family and friends.
This incident highlights the dangers of rough seas and the importance of safety measures while at sea. The search operation involved multiple organizations and vessels, but unfortunately, the missing man has not been found. The investigation will continue to determine the circumstances surrounding his disappearance.