Geoff McGregor, NSRI East London duty controller, said:
At 14h30, Thursday, 29 April, NSRI East London duty crew were activated following reports of a drowning in progress off-shore of Palm Springs Holiday Resort near to East London.
NSRI East London duty crew, the SA Police Services, a Police Dive Unit and Police K-9 Search and Rescue responded.
On arrival on the scene a search commenced for a 15 year old female learner reported to have gone missing in the surfline after being swept out to sea by rip currents while swimming with fellow learners.
Despite an extensive search there remains no sign of the missing teenager.
The missing teenager is from Idutywa, Eastern Cape, and one of 30 learners on an outing with an educational group.
Police K-9 Search and Rescue, Police divers and local Police are continuing in an ongoing search operation.
Our thoughts are with the family of the missing teenager in this difficult time.