Kevin Fourie, NSRI Rocky Bay station commander, said: At 07h12, Friday, 14th September, NSRI Rocky Bay duty crew were activated following reports of a drowning in progress at Sezela, South Coast, Kwa-Zulu Natal.
I had my private boat, “Miracle”, on the water at the time and responded to the scene and our NSRI duty crew and Police Search and Rescue responded and our sea rescue craft Freemasons Way was launched.
NSRI crew and Police Search and Rescue divers manned the sea rescue craft searching in the surfline and shore patrols were conducted.
On arrival on the scene during a search for a missing man and a missing woman, reportedly swept out to sea after being caught in rip currents during a baptism in the surf, the body of an adult woman was located in the surf behind the breaker line approximately a kilometer from where they were washed out to sea and we recovered the body of the woman onto our sea rescue craft and brought the body to the shore.
The body of the deceased woman has been taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services.
An ongoing search operation for a missing adult man is continuing.
Police have opened an inquest docket.
NSRI extends our condolences to the families.
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