NATIONAL SEA RESCUE INSTITUTE (NSRI) MEDIA RELEASE
Sunday 7 March 2021
Man missing at Dias Beach, Mossel Bay
Andre Fraser, NSRI Mossel Bay station commander, said:
At 14h01, Sunday, 7 March, while conducting routine training exercises, NSRI Mossel Bay duty crew were activated following reports of a drowning in progress at Dias Beach.
The sea rescue craft Rescue 15, St Blaise Rescuer and Rescue 15 Bravo were diverted to respond to the scene and our NSRI rescue vehicle responded.
On arrival on the scene a search commenced for a 21 year old local man who was witnessed disappearing under water at the backline after being swept out to sea while swimming with friends.
The SA Police Services and Police Sea Borderline Unit attended on the scene.
Despite an extensive search there remains no sign of the man and a Police Dive Unit are continuing in an ongoing search operation.
Thoughts are with the family and the friends of the missing man in this difficult time.
The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) is the charity organisation that saves lives on South African waters – both coastal and inland. Our goal is to prevent drowning through rescue operations, education and prevention initiatives.
Operating from base stations along the SA coastline, and on inland dams, our rescue volunteers are on call, at all hours, every day of the year. Our rescue crew receives no payment and neither do we charge the people we rescue.
We visit schools around the country, teaching children about water safety. Our drowning prevention measures include our online training academy, with free courses for crew and the public, emergency signage, Pink Rescue Buoys for emergency flotation, rescue swimmers, lifeguards, and active patrols during peak seasons.
Our organisation is totally reliant on donations and sponsorships. This enables us to do the work of saving lives, changing lives, and creating futures.
You can do your bit to assist. Please visit www.nsri.org.za for more information.
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