Sarah Smith, NSRI St Francis Bay station commander, said:
At 05h15, Wednesday, 10th January, NSRI St Francis Bay duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) following reports to NSRI Port Elizabeth of a man suspected to be overboard the fishing vessel Maryke.
It appears that the alarm had been raised at 05h00 by the skipper after crew noticed the adult fisherman, believed to be from Humansdorp, missing off the boat off-shore of Aasvogelspunt, 30 nautical miles South East of St Francis Bay.
Maryke and 3 other fishing vessels had reportedly begun a search.
The sea rescue craft Spirit of St Francis II was launched and on arrival on the scene joined in a search and assisted in sweeping line search patterns and just after 08h00 an SA Air Force 15 Squadron Charlie Flight helicopter, with 2 NSRI Port Elizabeth rescue swimmers aboard, joined the search operation and NSRI St Francis Bay crew and SA National Park rangers searched along the shoreline.
Despite an extensive air, sea and shoreline search operation no sign of the missing fisherman has been found and Police have taken over an ongoing search operation and investigation into the incident.
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