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A Police Dive Unit will continue in an ongoing search for a 23 year old Gauteng man who is missing in the water at Camps Bay Beach after being swept out to sea by rip currents.

Luke van Riet, NSRI Bakoven station commander, said:

NSRI Bakoven and the City of Cape Town (CoCT) water rescue network were activated at 13h05, Thursday, 9 September, following eye-witness reports of a drowning in progress between Camps Bay Beach and Glen Beach.

NSRI Bakoven and NSRI Table Bay rescue swimmers, CoCT Law Enforcement, the SA Police Services, Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services, WC Government Health EMS, Netcare 911 ambulance services and Life Healthcare Response paramedics responded to the scene and conducted shoreline search efforts.

A local unidentified surfer had attempted to reach the casualty before he disappeared under water.

The NSRI Bakoven sea rescue craft Gemini Legend and the EMS/AMS Skymed rescue helicopter conducted a sea and air search.

Rescue swimmers were deployed into the water and they performed free dive search efforts.

Despite extensive search efforts there remains no sign of the missing man.

Police have opened an investigation.

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