Mathijs is one of the five surfers who ran into problems last Monday at the Noordelijk Havenhoofd on Scheveningen. A number of water sports enthusiasts managed to reach the side safely, but five surfers and swimmers were killed in the drama. Mathijs’s body was still seen in the sea the next day, but the emergency services were unable to get the body out of the water. Subsequently, the body drifted and since then the 23-year-old from Delft has been searched for.
The search was resumed by the police on Thursday. It was assisted by SAR Nederland, an organization specialized in tracing missing persons. About fifteen people from SAR (search and rescue) were active on Thursday at Scheveningen, they also had a tracking dog with them. They searched with eight drones at three locations, namely the Zuidelijk Havenhoofd, the sandbanks south of Scheveningen and at the pier. They also searched for Mathijs’s surfboard, the location of the board may help the police to find the missing body. Due to the strong current, the search area was expanded towards Hoek van Holland.
Pin in haystack
A spokesperson for SAR Netherlands said earlier on Thursday that the organization had been approached by the police to help again. “People search with boats, but there is more to see from the air,” he explained. We also pay attention to the surfboard or clothing that we see floating. If we think what to see, the drone will hang over that spot so that the police can get to the right place and take over the investigation. “
The search was stopped in the late afternoon. The Zuidelijk Havenhoofd was mapped around noon, after which the teams discussed the results. The SAR team agrees that the search is for a pin in a haystack. “But if you don’t search at all, you’re sure you won’t find anything.”
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