Paul Bevis, NSRI Durban duty coxswain said:
At 20h18, Wednesday, 05 February, NSRI Durban duty crew were activated following a request for assistance from Metro Police Search and Rescue who were responding together with a Police Search and Rescue officer to reports of a drowning in progress at Wedge Beach.
Our duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Spirit of Surfski 6 and our NSRI rescue vehicle responded to join Metro Police Search and Rescue and Police Search and Rescue on the scene at an incident at Wedge Beach where reportedly 4 people, 3 men, and a woman, believed to be all adults, were swept out sea.
On arrival on the scene it is believed that the one man had managed to reach the shore unassisted and he was not injured. A woman had reportedly been assisted from the water by bystanders and a private ambulance service that had reportedly been in the vicinity at the time had attended to the woman and was transported to hospital.
During a sea and shoreline search, an adult man was located in shallow surf and recovered to the beach, sadly the man was declared deceased.
No sign of one missing man was found despite an extensive search and Police and Metro Police are continuing in an ongoing search for the missing man and Police have opened an investigation.
The body of the deceased man was taken into the care of Government Health Forensic Pathology Services and Police have opened an inquest docket.
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