During the mid afternoon today, Sunday 01st December, NSRI Strandfontein volunteer sea rescue duty crew conducted a routine patrol of beaches on the False Bay coast.
At Monwabisi Beach, while routinely observing swimmers in the water, at around 13h55, our NSRI Strandfontein rescuers noticed 3 males caught in a rip current and being swept out to sea.
NSRI sea rescue swimmer Robin Fortuin grabbed a rescue torpedo buoy and using the strong rip-currents he reached the 3 men quickly and managed to guide them out of the rip current and successfully bringing all 3 men safely to the beach where despite exhaustion the 3 men required no medical assistance.
NSRI Strandfontein volunteers remained at Monwabisi beach observing swimmers in the water and in a second incident a short while later 4 men were swept out to sea by a rip current.
Our NSRI sea rescue swimmer Robin Fortuin again swam after the 4 men, while NSRI activated the WC Government Health EMS rescue and a sea rescue response was activated, and Robin managed to reach 3 of the swimmers and managed to bring all 3 safely back to shore but a 4th man, believed to be a 27 year old, but unknown from where, had been swept further out to sea and despite efforts by our sea rescue swimmer to reach the man he had disappeared under water.
Shortly thereafter the WC Government Health EMS rescue squad and ambulance, the Skymed rescue helicopter, Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services, the SA Police Services and Law Enforcement arrived and a full scale search continued but despite an extensive search no sign of the missing swimmer has been found.
A Police Dive Unit was activated and they assisted in the search and they will continue an ongoing search operation.
Police have opened an investigation into the incident.