JOHANNESBURG – The body of one of the eight fisherman who went missing after a chokka fishing boat, the Maredon, capsized at sea off St Francis in the Eastern Cape has been found.

On Wednesday the South African Police Service (SAPS) confirmed in a media statement that “the body of one of the missing fishermen has been found floating in the sea near Blue Horizon Bay in Port Elizabeth”.

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“The crew of a vessel, Gambit, that was sailing near Blue Horizon Bay in Port Elizabeth saw a body floating in the sea, and later brought the body to the port in St Francis Bay,” read the statement.

“The body was later identified to be that of Mbongeni Gift Zulu, 43, from Jeffrey’s Bay. Zulu was also one of the missing fishermen.”

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Police are urging anyone who is interested to assist with the search for the remaining seven missing fishermen to contact Captain Johan Du Toit at  071 475 1831. 

An inquest investigation is under way.