Tragedy as man disappears at Bantry Bay

CAPE TOWN – A 32-year-old Grassy Park man went missing after him and his brother went for a dive at Bantry Bay on Sunday.

The incident happened early in the morning and the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) was only alerted after 11am by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA).

Luke van Riet, deputy station commander of NSRI said the two brothers went for a dive in rough and unbearable sea conditions, and the missing man’s brother only managed to reach the surf on the rocks leading to his survival.

The emotional and terrified brother says everything was okay and that it wasn’t their first time to go for a dive.

“I don’t know what happened, me and my brother are experienced divers and this wasn’t our first time, this is so confusing,” said the emotional brother.

Although the rescue craft Rotarian Schipper at Clinton Beach immediately responded, efforts to find the missing man were fruitless.

Moments later, an extensive search involving Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services dive unit, NSRI Bakoven rescue swimmers, provincial government EMS rescue squad, Life Healthcare response paramedics, the police and a Police Dive Unit and the City Law Enforcement as well as the EMS/AMS Skymed rescue helicopter was launched, but he man could not be found.

The search is set to continue on Monday.

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