Geoff McGregor, NSRI East London station commander, said: “At 15h02, Sunday, 28th April, NSRI East London volunteer sea rescue duty crew were activated following reports from East London surf lifeguards of a man gone missing in the surf at Eastern Beach, East London.
“Our NSRI East London volunteer sea rescue duty crew launched our sea rescue craft and responded and East London Fire and Rescue Services, SA Police Services and a Police K9 dog unit responded.
“We joined the East London surf lifeguards searching for a 25 year old Johannesburg man who had gone missing in the surf while swimming in the 3 meter swell at the Spring High Tide.
“Earlier, lifeguards had seen the man in difficulty in the surf further along the beach and the lifeguards had responded to that part of the beach and surf lifeguards had launched into the water but the man had disappeared under water before they could reach him.
“Despite an extensive search no sign of the missing man has been found and Police have opened an inquest docket.”