At 15h59 on Saturday the 03rd December, NSRI Witsand duty crew were activated following reports of a man missing in the surfline in front of the The Anchorage Beach, Witsand.
NSRI Rescue swimmers responded to the scene and were deployed into the surf to begin a search for a 33 year old local man who had reportedly disappeared under water in the surf line after being swept out to sea by rip currents while swimming.
The sea rescue craft Breede Rescuer was launched to join in the search and the SA Police Services, WC Government Health EMS, a Police Dive Unit and a local doctor responded to assist.
During a search the body of the man was located and recovered from shallow surf and CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) was started. All efforts to resuscitate the man were exhausted he was declared deceased by the doctor.
His body has been taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services and Police have opened an inquest docket.
Sincerest Condolences are conveyed to the family of the deceased man.
At 16h27 on Saturday the 03rd December, NSRI Wilderness duty crew were activated by the Police and by WC Government Health EMS who were on the scene at Kleinkrantz where a 17 year old male had reportedly gone missing in the surf after being swept out to sea by rip currents while swimming.
The sea rescue craft Clemengold Rescuer was launched and the EMS/AMS Skymed rescue helicopter joined in the search.
It appears that the teenager from George was at the beach with his sister when rip currents swept him out to sea while he was swimming. A bystander went into the surf to try and assist, but according to reports, he was not able to reach the teenager who had then disappeared under water.
Despite an extensive sea, air and shoreline search no sign of the teenager has been found and a Police Dive Unit will continue with an ongoing search operation.
Police have opened an investigation and are assisting family of the missing man.
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