Alan Meiklejohn, NSRI Gordon’s Bay station commander said:
A Police Dive Unit and the SA Police Services are continuing in an ongoing search for a man, believed to be aged 30, who is missing at Strand Beach.
NSRI Gordon’s Bay were activated at 12h31, on Saturday 07 December, following reports of 2 men being swept out to sea and in difficulty in the surf and believed to be caught in rip currents.
Strand Lifesaving dispatched lifeguards to respond to that stretch of beach near to the Lourens River and they launched their rigid inflatable boat to initiate a search.
NSRI Gordon’s Bay launched a sea rescue craft and dispatched rescue swimmers. The EMS/AMS Skymed rescue helicopter responded, along with Cape Town Fire and Rescue services, a Fire Dive Unit, Marine Law Enforcement, WC Government Health EMS, ER24 ambulance services, GB Med Security ambulance services, the SA Police Services and Strand Neighbourhood Watch.
Fire and Rescue Services Dive Unit rescue divers and Marine Law Enforcement officers each launched a rescue jet-ski to join the NSRI sea rescue craft in a sea search. Shore crew conducted a shoreline search and an air search was carried out by the EMS/AMS Skymed rescue helicopter.
One person, a male, aged 27 from Johannesburg was recovered from the water and was transported to hospital by ER24 ambulance in a serious but stable conditions and is expected to fully recover.
Despite an extensive search, there remains no sign of the missing man who is believed to be from Pretoria.
Police have opened an investigation.
Police divers were activated and attended at the scene and are engaged in ongoing search efforts.
Earlier in the day, at 07h52, NSRI Gordon’s Bay responded to Bikini Beach, Gordon’s Bay, where a man and a woman on a double sea-kayak were in difficulty after capsizing in strong wind.
ER24 ambulance services responded.
On arrival on the scene we found them both in the water next to their kayak. They were rescued onto our sea rescue craft and were brought to shore. Their kayak was recovered.
They were treated for hypothermia at our NSRI base, and following treatment, Er24 paramedics released them and no further assistance was required.
Later in the day, at 17h21, Strand Surf Lifesaving lifeguards initiated a search for a man wearing full scuba gear, believed to be missing in the surf in front of Deep Blue on Strand Main Beach.
NSRI Gordon’s Bay, Cape Town Fire and Rescue services and a Fire Dive Unit, Marine Law Enforcement, WC Government Health EMS, GB Med Security ambulance services, the SA Police Services and Strand Neighbourhood Watch responded to join lifeguards on the scene.
A Police Dive Unit, already activated to the earlier call also assisted.
During a search it was confirmed that the man had exited the water and walked home and was safe. It was called as a false alarm with good intentions.
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