Kevin Fourie, NSRI Rocky Bay station commander, said:
At 12h38, Thursday, 11th July, NSRI Rocky Bay duty crew were activated following reports of a drowning in progress at Preston Beach, Park Rynie.
NSRI Rocky Bay rescue swimmers, Police Search and Rescue, the SA Police Services, Scottburgh lifeguards and Med-Evac ambulance services responded.
Arriving on scene, a Zimbabwean aged 28, living in Johannesburg, was safely out the water and being attended to by paramedics. He has been transported to hospital by ambulance in a stable condition for observation for non-fatal drowning symptoms. Another man, age 33 from Johannesburg, remains missing in the surf.
An extensive search has revealed no sign of the missing man. Police have opened an investigation into the incident and with the search.
It appears that the 2 men were swimming when they were swept out to sea by rip currents.
NSRI urges caution to bathers swimming in the sea to be aware of rip currents and to be cautious.
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