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MNANDI:At 11h00 on Friday, 16 October, CoCT Law Enforcement Marine officers and Police divers recovered a body from the surf at Mnandi Beach.The body is confirmed to be that of a man who went missing while swimming at Mnandi last SundayThe body was been taken into the care of Police and WC Government Health Forensic Pathology Services.Police have opened an inquest docket.Condolences have been conveyed to the family.MONWABISI:At 17h29 on Friday afternoon Law Enforcement officers at Monwabisi were alerted by a local family at the beach that their 14 year old son was in difficulty in the surf at Monwabisi main beach while swimming.CoCT (City of Cape Town) Law Enforcement Marine Unit, SA Police Services, NSRI Strandfontein rescue swimmers, WC Government Health EMS and CoCT Fire and Rescue Services responded and an NSRI Strandfontein sea rescue craft was launched.On arrival on the scene the teenager was missing in the surf.Despite an extensive sea and shoreline search that including sweeping line free dive search efforts by 5 NSRI rescue swimmers deployed into the surf no sign of the teenager was found and a Police Dive Unit assisted by CoCT Law Enforcement and NSRI Strandfontein will continue in ongoing search efforts.Our thoughts are with the family of the missing teenager in this difficult time.MILNERTON:At 17h51 on Friday afternoon NSRI were alerted to a drowning in progress at Lagoon Beach, Milnerton.Almost immediately it was reported that bystanders had recovered a 13 year old male from the surf and bystander CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) efforts were in progress.CoCT Law Enforcement, Milnerton Surf Lifesaving lifeguards, Community Medics, Life Health Care Response paramedics and WC Government Health EMS responded.Sadly despite extensive advanced life support CPR efforts the teenager was declared deceased.Police have opened an inquest docket and the body of the teenager has been taken into the care of WC Government Health Forensic Pathology Services.Condolences are conveyed to the family.The 2 drowning incidents on Friday in Cape Town happened during an outgoing tide and it appears that in both cases the teenagers were caught in strong rip currents.High tide had peaked after 3p.m. and the high tide was receding.The New moon Spring tide peaks on Saturday, 17h October, and this Spring tides higher than normal high tide and lower than normal low tide will last into the coming week.Rip currents are the greatest danger and occur constantly throughout the month and bathers should exercise caution while swimming at beaches.NSRI are appealing to the public to be cautious while swimming, don’t go too deep into the surf line, and children should have responsible adult supervision when they are in the water. -ENDS-
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