A Hout Bay fisherman has died and another is missing after a fishing expedition went tragically awry, the National Sea Rescue Institute [NSRI] said.

“It appears that the two local… fishermen, aged 39 and 27… departed on a boat from Hout Bay to go fishing [on Thursday] evening at about 18:00, but they had not returned as scheduled [on Friday] morning. The families approached the police and the alarm was raised,” NSRI Hout Bay station commander Lyall Pringle said.

The NSRI and other authorities then began searching for the pair.

Family and friends of the duo later reported that the body of one of them had been found on the shore beneath Karbonkelberg opposite Duiker Island.

“The police dive unit, assisted by NSRI rescue swimmers, recovered the body.” It was handed over to the forensic pathology services.

“A search continued for the boat and for the remaining fisherman and… was extended to beyond the area where the body… had been located,” Pringle said.

The boat was then found. It appeared to have been washed ashore.

“Despite an extensive air, sea and shore search, no sign of the missing fisherman has been found.”

He said the police dive unit would continue the search.

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