At 21:36 on Good Friday, the Jeffreys Bay National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) was alerted to a missing 53 year old fisherman on the Port Elizabeth side of the Gamtoos River Mouth. He had gone fishing earlier in the day with a family member and the family member had returned home and left him alone.
The fisherman later notified his family via cell phone that he was struggling to find his way home and got lost in the dunes and bush.
The NSRI mobilised a search with the assistance of the South African Police K9 dog unit and started to track him through the dunes and extremely dense bush in the area.
A 24/7 paramedic also assisted in the search.
Just before 1 am on Saturday morning, the missing fisherman was found in the dense bush close to the Gamtoos River Mouth. It took another 40 minutes to get him out of the area and to the 24/7 ambulance. He was checked by the paramedic and was treated for minor cuts and exhaustion.
Just before 2 am the NSRI volunteers stood down and recovered the vehicles and left the area to get some well deserved sleep.
The crew managed a few hours sleep before they were up and busy with their fundraising car wash at Caltex Wavelands garage where they raised around R 6 000 for the local NSRI station known as Station 37.