A Father drowned on Friday on a lake in George after a boat he was sailing on with his 3 children capsized.
Craig Lambinon from the National Sea Rescue Institute of South Africa(NSRI) said the father and his 3 children, aged 16, 7 and 5, reportedly launched a small, hired boat on to Swartvlei to fish at 4pm when visiting friends at Pine Lake Marina.
Lambinon said “When they hadn’t returned by nightfall the man’s wife and friends raised the alarm, and it appears civilians launched a search using Jet Skis.”
The 3 children were found at around 8:30 pm swimming to shore. However, the Father’s body was found on Saturday morning after an extensive search.
“The police have opened an inquest docket,” said Lambinon, adding that NSRI Wilderness had been alerted at 9.45pm on Friday to reports of a 45-year-old Cape Town man having gone missing in the Swartvlei, the lake at Pine Lake Marina, between Sedgefield and Knysna.