At 15h07 (Sunday, 24th November) NSRI Strandfontein crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority following reports of 5 people in difficulty while swimming in the surf at Mnandi Beach, on the False Bay coast.
Western Province Surf Lifesaving lifeguards had initiated a rescue to assist the 5 people while NSRI Strandfontein responded a sea rescue vehicle and launched a sea rescue craft. The WC Government Health EMS, the Skymed rescue helicopter, SA Police Services, Law Enforcement, Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services and Cape Town Traffic Services and a Police Dive Unit also responded.
WP lifeguards are believed to have rescued 4 males from the water aged between 18 and 22. One male, an 18 year old from Crossroads, was missing. While an extensive sea, air and shore search commenced, investigations were conducted to try to determine if the teenager had in fact left the water and gone home without informing anyone but all efforts to find the teenager were unsuccessful. During the search the body of the teenager was found washed up in shallow surf and the body was recovered, declared deceased, and handed into the care of the Forensic Pathology services. NSRI extend our condolences to the family.
The 4 rescued males were not injured.
Police have opened an inquest docket.