Massive Search for 11 Missing Fishermen After Fishing Boat Sinks Near Cape Coast

Massive Search for 11 Missing Fishermen After Fishing Boat Sinks Near Cape Coast

  • Nine fishermen have been rescued as a search and rescue mission continues for 11 others still missing after a fishing trawler sank in deep sea off Cape Town's Atlantic seaboard
  • At least five fishing vessels reached the search area, locating and recovering nine of 20 local fishermen from a life raft
  • The search for the 11 missing fishermen has intensified while the nine survivors are recovering

PAY ATTENTION: Leave your feedback about Briefly News. Fill in this short form. Help us serve you better!

Trisha Pillay is a Briefly News current affairs journalist in Johannesburg. For 13 years, she has devoted her professional life to covering social issues and community news, sharing her expertise with newsrooms like The Citizen newspaper, African News Network, and Newzroom Afrika. Do you have a hard news story you would like to share? Email with CA in the subject line.

Read also

Grieving families call for clarity after 260-hour recovery in George building collapse

Search continues for missing fishermen.
Eleven fishermen are still missing after their vessel sank off the Cape Coast. Images: NSIR
Source: Twitter

CAPE TOWN — Nine fishermen have been rescued and a search and rescue mission continues for 11 others still missing.

11 Fishermen missing

This comes after after a fishing trawler sank in the deep sea off Cape Town's Atlantic seaboard. According to the NSRI, the nine survivors are not injured. They were brought to the Port of Table Bay aboard a fellow fishing vessel during the night and are in the care of their fishing company.

Three NSRI rescue crafts arrived in the search area and joined fishing vessels in an extensive search operation for the 11 missing fishermen in a three to four-metre-deep sea. The casualty fishing vessel appear to have sunk from unknown causes.

Both life rafts of the casualty fishing vessel have been recovered. Despite an extensive air and sea search, there are still no signs of the 11 missing fishermen and the search operation is ongoing.

Read also

1 Survivor pulled from rubble, 4 dead in Ballito construction collapse, Mzansi has praise for rescue team

Mzansi sends love

The fishing trawler sank 30 nautical miles off the coast of Cape Town. As the search continues, people are sending love and support to the families of those who are missing.

Here are some of the reactions:

@Pieter Williams commented:

"Our thoughts with families of those who are missing and with those who have responded to the emergency."

@Peter Scarr shared:

"That’s terrible, was it a rogue wave, or hit something underwater?"

@Mareza Wild said:

"Thoughts and prayers to all involved."

@Basil Sprague expressed:

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the company, crew and their families."

@Andrew Carstens expressed:

"Thoughts are with the family and friends."

Fisherman shows off catch of the day

In a similar story, Briefly News reported that a South African man caught the attention of many locals questioning the fish he had just caught from the river.

Read also

Funeral arrangements start for George building collapse victims with Avbob’s assistance

The social media user says he enjoys fishing as an outdoor activity, but many people say he has to be careful he will catch snakes.

However, some tweeps agree that fishing is the best hobby, and some shared their catches via his timeline.

Source: Briefly News

Trisha Pillay avatar

Trisha Pillay (Weekend current affairs editor) Trisha Pillay is a Current Affairs writer at Briefly News. She has a degree in Journalism from the University of Johannesburg and an Honours degree in International Politics from UNISA. She joined ENCA straight out of varsity and completed an internship at the channel. Pillay later went on to cover politics, crime, entertainment, and current affairs at the Citizen Newspaper. She joined Newzroom Afrika in 2019 and became a senior bulletin editor for shows focused on politics and current affairs on the channel. She joined Briefly News in 2023. You can contact her at

Online view pixel