With the discovery of diamonds along the Port Nolloth coastline in 1926, prospectors descended on this small fishing village in the Northern Cape. Even with the regulating of diamonds, individual prospectors still continued their activity. This entrepreneurship forced the police one day to cordon off the town to do a house-to-house search. The ship, 171-ton Pafuri a diamond-dredging vessel now lies beached after a vicious storm in front of the town’s promenade.

With the discovery of diamonds along the Port Nolloth coastline in 1926, prospectors descended on this small fishing village in the Northern Cape. Even with the regulating of diamonds, individual prospectors still continued their activity. This entrepreneurship forced the police one day to cordon off the town to do a house-to-house search. The ship, 171-ton Pafuri a diamond-dredging vessel now lies beached after a vicious storm in front of the town’s promenade.

The man lying totally comatose on the sandy dunes between McDougall’s Bay and the only asphalt road leading to Port Nolloth was about to earn the nickname of One-eyed Blink Jan. He would never forget that day – it was January 14th 1984. In the distance the retreating ocean waves lapped against the shallow shoreline. The sound drifted over the deserted sand dunes, occasionally broken by the rhythmic screams of passing seagulls. He lay there spread-eagled under the burning sun with his body half covered in sand caused by the previous night’s blustery winds.

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