Update – Missing Marie Ostbo:
An extensive search operation has continued in the ongoing search for missing Marie Ostbo of Norway.
NSRI Wilderness have continued to support Police in their ongoing search efforts and NSRI Wilderness commend our coast watchers, neighbouring NSRI stations, the fishing community, local communities and NSRI supporters in their ongoing efforts and the vigilance being kept.
Extensive investigations and efforts by Police are continuing.
NSRI commend the multiple services, The SA Police Services, Community Police (CPU – Community Police Unit and CPF – Community Police Forum), the Police K-9 Search and Rescue, the Police Dive Unit, WC Government Health EMS, Private Emergency Medical Services, WSAR (Wilderness Search and Rescue), the AMS/EMS Skymed rescue helicopter, WoF (Working on Fire) helicopter, Eden District Municipality and Eden Disaster Management, the SA National Parks, Sedgefield Neighbourhood Watch, the paraglider who has continued in voluntary aerial search efforts, the Department of Tourism and the local and neighbouring community members, media, volunteers, and NSRI Wilderness, for the continued extensive ongoing efforts to find Marie.
Police continue to appeal to anyone with information that can assist in this case to call Knysna Police at 044-3026600.
Media enquiries can continue to be directed to Police Communications – Southern Cape.
Heartfelt thoughts remain with the family and friends of Marie in this difficult time.
See related NSRI Press statements below:
SEA RESCUE – Sedgefield – Thursday, 19th April. Update – Missing Marie Ostbo:
An ongoing search operation, headed by the SA Police Services, has found no sign of missing Marie Ostbo and the search and investigations are ongoing.
The SA Police Services, Community Police, a Police K-9 Search and Rescue Unit, a Police Dive Unit, WC Government Health EMS, WSAR (Wilderness Search and Rescue), the ASR/EMS Skymed rescue helicopter, NSRI Wilderness crew, and Neighbourhood Watch members, searched throughout today.
Despite the extensive search only a cellphone, a hat and shoes belonging to Marie, were located and recovered by Police on the beach, in the vicinity, during the early hours of this morning.
Police are continuing in an ongoing search operation and investigations.
NSRI Wilderness are on alert to assist Police and the Emergency Services and Neighbourhood Watch are continuing to support Police in their ongoing search.
All possibilities are being explored and investigated.
NSRI and authorities are in communication with family abroad assisted by the SA Police Services, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, the Royal Norwegian Foreign Office and Consulate Services and the Department of Tourism and assistance and support is continuing.
The tour group are receiving assistance and support.
See original Press Statement below:
NSRI Press Statement: 18th April:
An appeal is made for any information that can assist in locating a 21 year old female who has disappeared in Sedgefield.
Anyone with information that can assist in this case may contact local Police at 044-3431321.
Marie Ostbo, 21, from Norway, (studying in France and on a tour of South Africa) arrived in Sedgefield with a group of young International student tourists on Wednesday, 18th April.
At around 18h00 some of the group went for a walk on the beach and then returned at around 19h00 and Marie was last seen at around 19h00 on the beach, wearing blue jeans and a white shirt, about 100 meters from the backpackers that they are staying at (which is on the beach) but after friends noticed that she had not come inside with the rest of the group they went to look for her but they were unable to find her.
NSRI Wilderness and Community Police were activated at 19h40.
NSRI Wilderness, Community Police, the SA Police Services and a Police K-9 Search and Rescue Unit have not been able to find Marie despite an extensive search and all possibilities are being explored.
A search is continuing.
We appeal to anyone who may have seen Marie (picture attached), or noticed anything that may assist Police in this incident, to contact the Sedgefield Police.
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