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JEFFREYS BAY:Zwelie Mafutha, senior lifeguard at both NSRI Jeffreys Bay and Kouga Municipality Lifesaving, said:At approximately 12h30, Thursday, 04th October, our attention was drawn towards members of the public running towards us and indicating a commotion on the beach front and we went to investigate.Our NSRI Jeffreys Bay Lifesaving lifeguards had completed a routine training exercise at Pellsrus Beach. Lifeguards were not officially on duty.Members of the public gestured towards 3 children being swept out to sea by rip currents. 2 teenagers had gone into the water to try to help.Our lifeguards immediately sprang into action and launched into the surf with our rescue torpedo buoys where we were able to reach them.They were caught in strong rip currents and the 2 teenagers who had swum out into the surf to try to help were now also caught in rip currents.All 3 children, local males, aged 11 or 12, were rescued and brought safely to the beach and the 2 teenagers, aged 17 and 18, were able to reach the beach safely.No one was injured.Our attention turned to a female on a body board who was also caught in rip currents and we re-launched into the surf and rescue the 20 year old female bringing her safely to the beach.Michael van den Bergh, NSRI Jeffreys Bay duty coxswain, said:At 11h10, Wednesday, 03rd October, NSRI Jeffreys Bay medical crew were activated following reports of a man, aged 70, from Cradock, suffering breathing difficulties at a restaurant on the beach front.NSRI and Private Care ambulance services responded.On arrival on the scene CPR was commenced but sadly after all CPR efforts were exhausted the man was declared deceased.Care was provided to his family and Condolences have been conveyed.At 14h00, Wednesday, 03rd October, our NSRI Jeffreys Bay duty crew responded to Paradise Beach following reports of a drowning in progress.On arrival on the scene a 17 year old Pretoria male was safe out of the water and in the care of his dad and he was medically checked and he required no further assistance.It appears that his dad had managed to assist his son out of the surf.EAST LONDON:Geoff McGregor, NSRI East London station commander, said:At 14h45, Friday, 05th October, NSRI East London duty crew, a Police Dive Unit and a Police K9 Search and Rescue team were activated following reports of a drowning in progress at Eastern Beach.A sea rescue craft, Spirit of Lotto, and NSRI rescue swimmers, Police divers and the Police K9 unit responded.On arrival on the scene we found BCM (Buffalo City Metro) Lifeguards had rescued a local 23 year old male from the surf and he was not injured.A search continued for a local 24 year old male and despite an extensive search no sign of the missing man has been found.Police have opened an investigation and Police divers, supported by Police K9 Search and Rescue, will continue in an ongoing search operation.Both men were caught in rip currents while swimming.TO REPORT A SEA RESCUE EMERGENCY DIAL 112 FROM A CELLPHONE
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