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At 15h22, Monday, 11 October, NSRI St Lucia duty crew were activated following reports from Police and iSimangaliso Wetland Park rangers of a drowning in progress at Jabula Beach, St Lucia.

Jan Hoffman, NSRI St Lucia station commander, said:

NSRI rescue swimmers responded directly to the scene and the sea rescue craft Rescue 40 Alpha was towed to the scene and launched.

NSRI St Lucia, Police and iSimangaliso Wetland Park rangers conducted an extensive sea and shoreline search for a 14 year old local male who was missing in the surf line after being swept out to sea in currents while swimming.

Despite an extensive search there remains no sign of the teenager.

Police Search and Rescue are continuing in an ongoing search.

Thoughts are with the family and friends of the missing teenager in this difficult time.

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