Local pilots help search for two missing fishermen off Coffee Bay – South Coast Herald

Local pilots Hendrik Ludick and his daughter, Daniél of Airtrack X-Treme Security flew in to help search for two missing fishermen on Saturday January 23rd.

Ludick said he worked hand-in-hand with Saps K9 and search and rescue teams on this search mission.

Richard Sham (50) and Bongani Ace Bana (42) are still missing. PHOTO: FACEBOOK

“Client made a distress call at midnight on Friday January 22 asking for help. At first light, Airtrack X-Treme Security Airwing (Airtrack Aviation) took off from FAMG heading to Wild Coast Coffee Bay to assist,” he said.

Richard Sham (50) and Bongani Ace Bana (42) from Johannesburg were last seen on a fishing trip near Hole in the Wall, Coffee Bay last Friday.

A Facebook post said that when Sham’s wife went looking for them, she found his bakkie with the keys and their cell phones. His hat and sunglasses were between the rocks and a fishing rod was missing.

A garment found on Saturday.

Clothes and a fishing buckle believed to belong to the fishermen were found washed up on the shore, with what appear to be shark bite marks. But this has not been confirmed.

To date, the men have not been found.

Ludick worked for the Port Shepstone K9 Police Unit and has 12 years experience with the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI).

Ludick and Daniel, both commercial helicopter pilots, managed to airlift a local couple who went missing in the Umtamvuna nature reserve last year. Daniel was a captain and his father was a co-pilot.

When drownings occurred in December, they also carried out ad hoc patrols at the request of search and rescue.

Brandon D. James