At 16:12 on Sunday the 25th of September 2016 NSRI Strandfontein duty crew were activated by Transnet National Ports Authority for two men who were reported to be in difficulty in a rip current at Mnandi beach.
The Sea Rescue vessel I&J Rescuer III was launched at Strandfontein and the Sea Rescue vehicle with rescue swimmers responded by road. Law Enforcement officers, Fire and Rescue, South African Police Services (SAPS) and the SAPS Dive unit were also activated. There was a light breeze and half a metre swell running. Visibility was good.
Sea Rescue Strandfontein Station Commander Vaughn Seconds said, “A search for the two men who were reported to have disappeared under the water commenced off the Mnandi parking lot. At 17h50 the body of one man was found.”
The Sea Rescue vessel I&J Rescuer III was forced to leave the scene and return to base at 18h12 due to failing light. Shortly after the NSRI rescue vessel left the scene the second body was found by the SAPS.
Both bodies have been handed into the care of Forensic Pathology Services. Our condolences to the families.
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