Man drowns after boat capsizes

NSRI confirmed that one man drowned in an incident off Clifton on Sunday morning.

A police inquest has been opened following an incident over the weekend during which a man drowned after his boat capsized.

The NSRI said the incident took place around 9.45am on Sunday April 2.

Their spokesman, Craig Lambinon, said the NSRI Bakoven duty crew were activated following reports of a rubber-duck capsized off-shore of Clifton 1st Beach with two people onboard.

“One survivor, the skipper, was reported to be on the beach and he was confirming that a 34-year-old local man and his crewman on the rubber-duck, was missing in the surf.”

Mr Lambinon added that the NSRI shore crew, emergency medical services, paramedics, community medics, Law Enforcement, Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services and their Fire Dive Unit, NSRI Air Sea Rescue and the AMS/EMS Skymed rescue helicopter and Clifton Surf Lifesaving lifeguards responded to the scene.

“During an extensive air, sea and shoreline search in heavy swells and breaking surf, members of the public spotted the body of the missing man in the surf-line at Clifton 4th Beach and they were able to secure the body which was then recovered onto the beach.”

Despite their efforts, he said, they were unable to resuscitate the man.

“It appears that the crew of the rubber-duck may have been on a stand-by for a private Clifton swim after launching earlier at Oceana Power Boat Club before capsizing in surf-line off-shore of Clifton 1st Beach,” Mr Lambinon said.

Police confirmed the incident.