The Cape Navigator

Seaside Community Newspaper

Hout Bay

Urgent Search Underway for 6 Fishermen Missing at Sea

Michael Hawthorne

A massive search and rescue operation is currently underway for six fishermen who are missing at sea off the coast of South Africa. The men believed to be from the Hout Bay and Hawston areas, were last seen aboard a grey Ballistic 7.8 meter RHIB (rigid hull inflatable boat) named “Berta Fishing Experience.”

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) was alerted to the fishermen’s disappearance on Sunday morning by concerned family members, friends, and colleagues. An extensive search is being conducted by multiple agencies, including the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC), Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) Cape Town Port Control, various NSRI stations, the South African Police Service, and Water Policing and Diving Services.

The fishermen are believed to have been fishing late Saturday evening deep sea south or southwest of Cape Point. Despite the efforts of NSRI rescue vessels, commercial fishing boats, and recreational fishermen, no sign of the missing men or their boat has been found.

Telkom Maritime Radio Services is broadcasting an all-ships marine VHF radio alert asking vessels in the region to be on the lookout. The ski-boat mobile, local boating, and maritime communities are also assisting in spreading the word and searching for any signs of the missing men.

Family members have filed missing persons reports. The NSRI extends its thoughts and support to the families, friends, and colleagues of the missing fishermen during this difficult time.

The search operation is ongoing, and authorities urge anyone with information to contact the NSRI or local police.


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