At 17h36, Wednesday, 20th December, NSRI Richards Bay duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) following reports of a drowning in the vicinity of a beach in front of RBM (Richards Bay Minerals).
The sea rescue craft Spirit of Richards Bay was launched and an NSRI rescue vehicle and Police Search and Rescue responded.
On arrival on the scene a search was initiated for a local 13 year old boy reported by community members to be missing in the surf.
It appears that the incident may have happened at around 15h30 when a group of youngsters were playing with a ball on the beach and the missing teenager had gone into the surf to retrieve the ball but disappeared under water.
Despite an extensive search no sign of the teenager was found.
Police have opened an investigation and a Police Search and Rescue team are continuing with an ongoing search.
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