At 17h10 on Saturday, 04th August, NSRI Durban volunteer sea rescue duty crew were activated following reports of a lifeguard missing at Addington Beach.
It was reported that an experienced Addington Beach Surf lifeguard, a male 22 years old, from Durban, with over 4 years experience, had been paddling off-shore with 4 other lifeguards on rescue ski’s, during routine training, when at 16h10 the rescue ski capsized and the lifeguard has not been seen since.
When a search by fellow lifeguards revealed no sign of the missing lifeguard NSRI Durban and Police Search and Rescue were activated
The NSRI Durban volunteer sea rescue duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Eikos Rescuer II and an NSRI rescue vehicle, a Transnet National Ports Authority rescue helicopter and a Police Search and Rescue unit responded.
On arrival on-scene the NSRI, the rescue helicopter and the Police joined lifeguards who were searching for their fellow member but despite an extensive search, which lasted until after dark, no sign of the missing lifeguard has been found.
Police have opened an inquest docket and members from Addington Surf Lifesaving will resume the search tomorrow in cooperation with the Police Search and Rescue.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and fellow life guards.
On Wednesday, 08th August, at about 09h30, Lifeguards and Police Search and Rescue, continuing the search for the missing lifeguard, located and recovered his body from the sea.
Sincerest Condolences are extended to the family.