Vaughn Seconds, NSRI Strandfontein station commander, said:
At 13h07, Tuesday, 14th February, NSRI were activated following eye-witness reports of a drowning in progress at Monwabisi Beach, False Bay.
Off-duty lifeguards, NSRI Strandfontein rescue swimmers, Law Enforcement marine unit, the SA Police Services, Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services dive unit, the Police dive unit, Metro Police, WC Government Health EMS and an EMS rescue squad and the AMS/EMS Skymed rescue helicopter responded.
On arrival on the scene a search commenced for an unidentified male, aged 20, from Khayelitsha, who had gone missing in the surf after appearing to be swept out to sea by rip currents after falling in the water while wading in shallow surf.
Despite an extensive land, air and sea search, which included 3 rescue jet-ski’s launched by Police divers and Fire and Rescue Services rescue divers, no sign of the man has been found and a Police dive unit are continuing with an ongoing search and recovery operation.
Police have opened an investigation into the incident.
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