Paul Bevis, NSRI Durban duty coxswain, said:
At 17h49, Monday, 02 March, NSRI Durban duty crew were activated following reports of a drowning in progress at Ansteys Beach.
NSRI rescue swimmers, Police Search and Rescue, Metro Police Search and Rescue and an ECP, Emergency Care Practitioner activated by Netcare 911 ambulance services, responded.
On arrival on the scene a search commenced for a 38 year old Johannesburg man, reportedly attending a work Indaba in Durban. According to eye-witness reports, he was swept out to sea in rip currents while swimming before disappearing under water.
Despite an extensive search no sign of the man has been found.
Police Search and Rescue, supported by Metro Police Search and Rescue, are continuing in an ongoing search operation and Police are investigating.
TO REPORT A SEA RESCUE EMERGENCY DIAL 112 FROM A CELLPHONE