British banker Rod Johnston died after a horrific ordeal at sea when he was washed out into deep water off the coast of South Africa on his surf-ski by excessive winds and waves.
Married father-of-one Rod, 46, had gone out for a paddle on Friday afternoon on his surf-ski at standard vacationer seaside Camps Bay close to Cape City the place he had a seaside vacation dwelling.
The novice kayaker set off in calm situations however as he obtained farther from the shore the climate abruptly modified and it’s believed he was washed off his craft into heavy surf.
British banker Rod Johnston, 46, (pictured) died after a horrific ordeal at sea when he was washed out into deep water off the coast of South Africa
Camps Bay close to Cape City the place British banker Rod Johnston, 46, set off from earlier than being misplaced at sea
A surfski much like, however not the identical, because the one Scottish surfer Rod Johnston, 46, was paddling on when he misplaced his life off the coast of Cape City
Rod from Dundee, Tayside, had been lent the glossy light-weight advance surf-sky by a good friend who had visited him at Christmas however they’re solely supposed for use by specialists.
Spouse Debbie, 50, stated he had set off in flat seas however stated that robust off-shore winds had unexpectedly begun gusting out to sea and believes massive waves capsized her husband.
When Rod didn’t maintain an early night appointment the Nationwide Sea Rescue Institute had been alerted and as darkness fell launched three rescue lifeboats to try to discover him.
Scottish banker Rod Johnston’s widowed spouse Debbie, 50, and son Dean, 24
Scottish banker Rod Johnston, 46, and widowed spouse Debbie, 50
An NSRI spokesman stated: ‘We carried out an in depth search between Oudekraal and Desk Bay and we left no stone unturned to seek out the person who we believed to be lacking at sea’.
The three crews searched till midnight then resumed at first mild assisted by a EMS/AMS Skymed rescue helicopter who noticed Rod’s surf-ski adrift 5 miles out to sea shortly after daybreak.
The sufferer’s physique may very well be seen floating lifelessly within the tough seas nonetheless connected to the craft by a brief security line and he had his lifejacket on however there was no signal of his paddle.
The NSRI spokesman added: ‘The helicopter deployed a rescue diver who was dropped into the water and secured the physique of the deceased man who was nonetheless connected to the surf-ski.
‘The NSRI rescue craft Rotarian Schipper rendezvoused on the discovery location and took the physique of the person and his surf-ski on board and introduced them each again to the shore.
‘The physique of the person was handed over to the South African Police Service. We had finished all we may and will do nothing extra and our condolences go to household and pals’ he stated.
Final evening distraught Rod’s widow was flying from their vacation dwelling in Camps Bay again to the household dwelling in Johannesburg after figuring out his physique in a Cape City mortuary.
Scottish banker Rod Johnston, 46, who died in South Africa and his wheelchair certain son Dean, 24, proudly holding his BA certificates
Debbie stated: ‘I do not assume we are going to ever know the complete reply to what precisely occurred on the market. No matter occurred was terrible and is one thing Rod takes to the grave with him.
‘He went out late on Friday afternoon when the ocean was fairly nonetheless and calm as he’s a novice on a surf-ski and he had solely been out about six or seven instances simply as a newbie.
‘It was a complicated surf-ski which may be very slender and really mild and actually solely meant for superior paddlers however sadly the climate modified and the seas obtained very massive.
‘It will appear he was swept out to sea and the NSRI advised me that he most definitely capsized and misplaced his paddle and in case you are not a complicated paddler then you’re in massive hassle.
‘With no paddle and as a novice they stated it might be nearly inconceivable to get again within the surf-ski however Rod would have fought and fought to the bitter finish to try to save his life.
‘They think Rod both drowned or died of hypothermia and after I went to see him within the mortuary he had what gave the impression to be blue frost chunk round his nostril and mouth.
‘Having seen that for myself I hope hypothermia took him as that may be a much more peaceable solution to go than drowning.
‘He was a really match man and ran day by day and performed squash 4 days every week and was a really robust man so he would have saved on combating for positive till the very finish’ she stated.
The couple met at work in South Africa and had been collectively for 20 years earlier than marrying 10 years in the past on the Johannesburg Nation Membership and have a son Dean, aged 24.
The EMS/AMS Skymed helicopter that was launched to seek for lacking Scottish surfskier Rod Johnston, 46, and dropped a diver 5 miles out from the coast of Cape City into the ocean to recuperate his physique
Tragic financial institution boss Rod Johnston, 46, from Scotland who died after a horror ordeal out at sea off the coast of Cape City
Rod obtained a BA Hons in Enterprise Research in his dwelling city of Dundee graduating in 1996 then moved out to be along with his father Gordon and mom Denetta and his two sisters in South Africa.
He started a profession in banking first as a monetary marketing consultant with Deloitte Consultancy after which joined Absa financial institution rising as much as the highest and now sits on the Government Board of Members.
Absa Group Restricted are one of many high three banks in South Africa and function in 11 different African international locations using over 40,000 employees and have worldwide places of work in London and New York.
His official title is Head of Gross sales Manufacturing (Monetary Advisory) primarily based in Johannesburg and is alleged to be one of the crucial revered and wanted bankers working in South Africa.
When Rob’s dad and mom divorced his mom and youthful sister Georgette and older sister Kirsty returned to Dundee and their father Gordon stayed behind in his native South Africa.
Spouse Debbie stated: ‘I had 30 great years with Rod and he was simply probably the most superb particular person and so loving and caring though he did have a really sarcastic aspect to him!
‘Everybody will inform you how supportive he was to everybody each on a private stage and at work regardless of being on the high of the ladder he had time for everybody who labored for him.
‘Dean and I are simply devastated and can’t imagine we won’t see him once more’ she stated.
The NSRI rescue lifeboat Rotarian Schipper launched from Bakoven close to Camps Bay to retrieve the physique of Scottish banker Rod Johnston, 46, who misplaced his life in a tragic surfski incident
Debbie urged all surf-skiers and kayakers to go to their native NSRI station and get a free easy gadget they’ll connect to their craft and activate in the event that they get into hassle at sea.
She stated: ‘They’re actually lifesavers and Rod could be right here as we speak if he had one. Please if only one particular person goes out and will get one as we speak then that shall be only one life that’s saved.
‘Everybody ought to get one and likewise make a donation to the NSRI who labored all by means of the evening to try to convey Rod again to me and so they have my deepest thanks for that’ she stated.
A Cape City surf-ski professional stated: ‘The ocean situations on that day turned nasty with late robust offshore winds and large waves blowing out to sea and it was a disaster within the making.
‘You must be very skilled to paddle a complicated surf-ski and a novice would don’t have any probability in massive surf and when you fall in you then keep in as it’s so tough to get again on once more.
‘The water temperature was 8 levels C or beneath so I believe hypothermia would have gotten him however it might have been a really chilly and lonely loss of life on the market all evening ready for the top,’ he stated.
A South African Police Service spokesman stated an inquest report had been submitted and confirmed there was no suspicion of foul play and the tragedy gave the impression to be an incident at sea.