Andre Fraser, NSRI Mossel Bay station commander, said: At 15h18, Saturday, 22nd September, NSRI Mossel Bay duty crew were activated following reports of an angler swept into the sea at the Dana Baai side of Pinnacle Point, Mossel Bay.
The sea rescue craft St Blaize Rescuer was launched, our NSRI rescue vehicle and the SA Police Services responded and WC Government Health EMS activated the AMS/EMS Skymed rescue helicopter.
On arrival on the scene, a search commenced for a 38-year-old local man who had been swept off rocks while fishing with 3 friends and he had disappeared in rough surf with 5 to 6 meter breaking swells and rough sea conditions.
An extensive air, sea and shoreline search has revealed no sign of the missing fisherman and a Police Dive Unit have arrived on the scene to take over an ongoing search operation and Police have opened an investigation.
Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the missing fisherman in this difficult time.
On Thursday, 20th September, NSRI Mossel Bay duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Rescue 15 and St Blaize Rescuer following an eye-witness report of the appearance of a red distress flare activated at a boat at sea, 2 nautical miles off-shore of Dana Baai.
NSRI reached the boat that had 4 crew onboard but they confirmed that they had not set off a distress flare and all of their red distress flares were intact and not used.
We can confirm that this was a false alarm with good intentions.