Body found at sea

Cyclist Ali Gaffoor and Peter Ascham constructed a make-shift harness to rescue an unidentified man at the Three Anchor Bay Promenade at the weekend.

The body of a man, aged 50, was found in the sea along Three Anchor Bay on Sunday December 15.

Craig Lambinon, spokesman for the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI), said that at 5.46am the NSRI Table Bay duty crew dispatched sea rescue swimmers and medics to the Three Anchor Bay Promenade after a sighting of a man on the rocks below the Three Anchor Bay promenade wall.

“On our arrival, we found bystander Peter Ascham, at a harness that was tied to the promenade railings and attached to bystander, Ali Gaffoor. Mr Gaffoor was in the water below the promenade wall trying to rescue an unidentified man who had been swept off the rocks,” he said.

According to reports, Mr Ascham had been walking his dog on the promenade when he noticed a man in the water shouting for help.

“Mr Ascham was not carrying a cellphone and asked a passing cyclist, Mr Gaffoor for help. They tethered a harness together and Mr Gaffoor went over the wall to try to help the unidentified man but by that time he had been swept off the rocks and out to sea,” he explained.

According to Captain Elizabeth Munro, spokeswoman for Sea Point police station, the man was declared dead at 6.35am and taken to Salt River Mortuary.

She said a post-mortem must still be performed.

Anyone with information is urged to call Detective Sergeant Leatitia van der Horst on 021 430 3700.