KNYSNA NEWS - A 51 year old man from Hornlee is still missing after falling into the ocean whilst fishing at Noetzie beach last Thursday.
Search and rescue teams have been searching for the man for six days before the search was eventually called off at sunset on Tuesday 21 August. Knysna police spokesperson Sergeant Chris Spies confirmed on Wednesday (22 August), at the time of going to print, that the search was continued that morning.
The missing man has been identified as Cedric Selvan Pasja, a well known resident of Hornlee and member of the Neighbourhood Watch.
According to reports, he was fishing at Noetzie when he fell off the rocks into the sea.
A friend who was with him alerted a bystander at the beach who in turn contacted NSRI and emergency services.
NSRI rescue swimmers responded directly to the scene in a sea rescue vehicle and in their private vehicles. The SA Police Services, WC Government Health EMS, ER24 ambulance services and a Police Dive Unit also responded.
“On arrival on the scene NSRI rescue swimmers were deployed into the surfline in rough 2 to 3 meter swells to conduct a search while NSRI crew, Police and emergency services searched along the shoreline. Despite an extensive search no sign of the man has been found,” Jerome Simonis, NSRI Knysna station commander, said in a statement.
The search continued over the weekend despite the adverse weather conditions which resulted in rough seas. There was still no sign of the body by Tuesday this week.
The Knysna Community Police Forum expressed sadness at the incident and stated that they were praying for his family.
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