A 25-year-old man is missing after he was swept into the sea off rocks by waves at The Esplanade in Hermanus. An eyewitness reported the incident to the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI).
MAN SWEPT OFF BY WAVES IN HERMANUS
NSRI Hermanus station commander, Andre Barnard said rescue swimmers were immediately dispatched. SAPS and other law enforcement were also on scene.
Barnard said on arrival on the scene a search commenced for a 25-year-old male, believed to be from a Farm in the Hemel en Aarde Valley, who had last been seen in the surf off-shore opposite The Windsor Hotel.
“Despite an extensive sea and shoreline search there remains no sign of the missing man.
“It appears that the man had been on the rocks collecting bait for fishing when a series of waves swept him off the rocks into the sea.”Andre Barnard
An investigation has been opened by Police and the Police Dive Unit will continue in an ongoing search operation, reportedly.
Barnard said their thoughts are with the family, his partner and friends in this difficult time.
NSRI ISSUES SHARK WARNING
The NSRI issued a coastline shark alert for the Eastern Cape and Southern Cape in late May following the sighting of a large shark and increased activity.
According to the SRI the large shark was spotted at Jeffreys Bay in the Eastern Cape in the breaking surfline at Secrets Beach near Commercial Marine.
“Over the past weeks and more recently increased shark activity has been noticed along the Southern Cape coastline from Mossel Bay to Plettenberg Bay and the Eastern Cape coastline from Storms River, Tsitsikamma, to Jeffreys Bay.”NSRI
Residents of local municipalities were also asked to exercise caution along the aforementioned stretches of the coastline due to the marked increase in shark activity.