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Missing diver found safe

The NSRI Durban volunteer sea rescue duty crew were activated following reports of a spear fisherman missing in Scottburgh yesterday morning.

45 year old Andrew Kallman, from Klip River, Vereeniging, and his 14 year old daughter, were spearfishing off a boat with skipper and fellow spear fisherman, 47 year old Paul Putter, from Scottburgh.

While spear fishing, Paul Putter failed to return to the boat at 10h00. Andrew and his daughter searched for Paul while trying to find the onboard hand held radio and after they couldn’t find Paul, and on locating the radio onboard, they raised the alarm.

The NSRI Durban activated their duty coxswain’s Paul Bevis’s private boat, Teecha II, and the Scottburgh lifeguards and Police Search and Rescue were activated and on arrival on-scene a search commenced for missing Paul Putter.

It was then confirmed that Paul had swum ashore at Park Rynie. He had been separated from his boat while free dive spear fishing and had managed to swim ashore and was not injured.

Duty coxswain Paul Bevis transferred the 14 year old daughter to the lifeguards rescue rubber-duck and she was taken ashore safely and the ‘casualty boat’ with Andrew Kallman onboard was taken ashore at Rocky Bay and no further assistance was required.

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