STRANDFONTEIN, WEST COAST:
Rico Menezies, NSRI Lamberts Bay station commander, said:
Police are continuing a search at Strandfontein, on the West Coast, for a man, aged 46, from Van Rhynsdorp, missing since Friday afternoon and suspected to be missing in the sea.
NSRI Lamberts Bay were notified on Saturday night that Police had started a search for the missing man along the coastline at Strandfontein and NSRI Lamberts Bay joined the search on Sunday morning from first light.
An NSRI crew member launched his private propellor glider and an air and shoreline search has revealed no sign of the missing man.
A Police Dive Unit are on alert, Police are continuing a search and an investigation has been opened.
Mike Vonk, NSRI Wilderness deputy station commander, said:
On Sunday, 16 December, at 12h54, NSRI Wilderness duty crew were activated by lifeguards at Victoria Bay who reported a non fatal drowning incident.
Lifeguards had rescued a 22-year old woman from the water and required medical assistance for the lady who was suffering breathing difficulties and complaining of chest pains.
Wilderness Sea Rescue crew, who were at the sea rescue base at the time during routine training, responded the NSRI rescue vehicle and requested support from WC Government Health EMS.
On arrival at a busy Victoria Bay, the woman, from Oudtshoorn, was in the care of lifeguards.
Sea Rescue medics assisted lifeguards with the medical management of the casualty and administered oxygen until EMS arrived.
The casualty was transported by ambulance to hospital in a stable condition for treatment for non-fatal drowning symptoms.
She is expected to make a full recovery and may be discharged later this evening.
The lifeguards at Victoria Bay and EMS are commended for their swift response and local law enforcement officials who assisted with crowd control on the beach are commended.
TO REPORT A SEA RESCUE EMERGENCY DIAL 112 FROM A CELLPHONE