SWAKOPMUND: A search mission launched late yesterday afternoon saw the quick response of all Emergency services of the tourist town, when a fishing vessel capsized north of Mile 4 at 16h50.
According to the acting regional crime investigating coordinator of the Nambian Police Force (NamPol), Inspector George Xoagub, the fishing vessel with 7 crew members capsized about 1 kilometre (km) off shore at mile 7 en route to Henties Bay.
Xoagub explained that one of the crew members was able to swim towards shore, while the other 6 crew members remained lost at sea.
“Upon reaching the shore, he informed a man fishing what had happened and they alerted NamPol,” he told NAMPA.
According to the report filed by the survivor to NamPol, water flowed into the back side of the boat and the strong windy conditions capsized the boat.
The emergency services of Swakopmund Fire Department, St Gabriels Ambulance, International SOS, Swakopmund Traffic Department and Swakopmund Police Department, responded to the scene to render their assistance.
According to the Chief Fireman of the Fire Department in Swakopmund, Adri Goosen, two bodies were recovered thus far, and rescue missions are still on going to find the other four missing crew members.
Xoagub notified NAMPA that one of the bodies found was that of the skipper of the vessel, Daniel Klooper (47).
Furthermore, Xoagub also informed NAMPA that around 4H00, a woman committed suicide in the Kuisebmund suburb in Walvis Bay.
“A woman was found hanging by a tree near the soccer stadium in Kuisebmund. NamPol does not suspect foul play and now letter was found at the scene, however investigations will continue,” he said.