As per the Atlantic Seaboard, the body of a missing Scottish surfskier, 46, who had been living in Johannesburg and Camps Bay was found adrift at sea off the coast of Cape Town.
According to David Rosenberg, NSRI Bakoven deputy station commander, “the Bakoven duty crew were alerted [at 18:50] to reports of a surfskier suspected to be overdue from a paddle on the Atlantic Seaboard”.
Rosenberg adds that the surfskier may have gone paddling during the afternoon”, but failed to meet a scheduled appointment later that day. The alarm was raised and it was determined he had failed to return after surf-skiing.
The Bakoven crew first launched a land search while NSRI Hout Bay and NSRI Table Bay launched an extensive sea search “to search the Atlantic Seaboard off-shore between Oudekraal and Table Bay”.
Rosenberg said “no stone was left unturned to determine the whereabouts of the missing man”. It was later concluded that the 46-year-old surfskier was “most likely be missing at sea”.
The search and rescue teams scoured the area until after midnight, and the crew resumed their search at first light Saturday morning. The second phase of the rescue mission included the Skymed rescue helicopter.
“The body of the man was located by the Skymed rescue helicopter 4.5 nautical miles West of Bantry Point. An EMS rescue diver was deployed into the water from the rescue helicopter and the body of the man, who was attached to the surf-ski and adrift at sea at the time, was secured”.
The surfskier’s body as well as his equipment taken to the NSRI Bakoven rescue station where the body was handed over to the SA Police Services and WC Government Health Forensic Pathology Services.
No foul play is suspected.