At 16h03 on Wednesday the 10th of July NSRI Port Edward volunteers responded to Silver Beach, Port Edward, following a report of children on the beach who thought that their friend may be missing in the surf.
Gert du Plessis, NSRI Port Edward deputy station commander, said: “The children had been swimming together but later noticed that their friend, an 11 year old local boy, was no longer with them. Fearing that he may be missing in the surf they called a woman on the beach asking her to raise the alarm and she called the NSRI.
“Initially on our arrival at the beach a search commenced and this included tracking down the ‘missing’ child’s parents at home but the child’s surprised mother informed us that her son was in fact safe at home.
“It was then confirmed that the child had left the beach earlier but he hadn’t told his friends which resulted in them fearing that he may be missing in the surf.
“No harm was done and everyone was relieved that the child was safe.
“We can commend the children for not hesitating to raise the alarm when they suspected that their friend was missing in the surf.”