David Bellet-Brissaud has disappeared in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. – FAMILY HANDOUT / Lydie BELLET-BRISSAUD / AFP
He had come to compete in a triathlon. A 48-year-old Frenchman has disappeared South Africa in the night of Friday to Saturday, the day before the competition, announced Monday the police of Port Elizabeth .
[NOTICE OF SEARCH] DAVID BELLET BRISSAUD MISSED at PORT ELIZABETH on April 13, 2018 https://t.co/5peyPfZVai pic.twitter.com/fXCipX0OdX – France in Cape Town (@FranceCapeTown) April 16, 2018
According to the images captured by the CCTV cameras, David Bellet-Brissaud, an amateur triathlete living Gabon , left the hotel where he was staying with his wife around 1am. After a few steps in the street, the cameras then lost track, the South African police said. Since then, the Frenchman has not given any news. He was scheduled to compete in the Sunday Iron Man Africa triathlon competition.
He was “enthusiastic but also stressed” by the race
His wife, Lydie Bellet-Brissaud, noticed his departure later that night and noticed that he had not taken his mobile phone. She told a press conference in Port Elizabeth on Monday that her husband felt “enthusiastic but also stressed” by the race.
JUST IN | The family of the missing Ironman contesting David Rene Roger Bellet-Brissaud have offered a reward to anyone with information regarding his whereabouts. pic.twitter.com/WTUH8qmpjA – HeraldLIVE (@HeraldPE) April 16, 2018
According to his sister, Vanessa Perret Bellet-Brissaud, the missing Frenchman hails from Mulhouse (east of France). He is responsible for purchasing at the company logging company (SEEF) in Gabon and resides in Libreville since 1981. “It is someone who does not drink, it is set like a clock, very sporty. He was preparing for triathlon, “she said on the phone.
The brother and sister of the French sportsman arrived Sunday in Port Elizabeth (south). The family decided to offer a reward of 12,000 rand (800 euros) for any information that could help the police. The South African police have deployed a helicopter and dogs to try to find the triathlete, for now without success.