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NSRI Durban duty crew were activated following eye-witness reports of a drowning in progress at Brighton Beach where 2 men were swept out to sea in rip currents while swimming.

Jonathan Kellerman, NSRI Durban station commander, said:

The sea rescue craft Spirit of Surfski 6 was launched, accompanied by a Metro Police Search and Rescue diver, our sea rescue vehicle, with rescue swimmers, and KZN Government Health EMS responded.

On arrival on the scene we found a local 34 year old male safe on the beach. It appears that had been swept Northwards in rip currents and he was able to get to shore. He was treated by EMS paramedics for non-fatal drowning symptoms and transported to hospital as a precaution, accompanied by his sister, in an EMS ambulance in a stable condition.

A local 32 year old male was missing in the surf. Eye-witness reports suggest that the missing man had been swept Southwards in rip currents before disappearing under water.

An extensive sea and shoreline search revealed no sign of the missing man.

Metro Police Search and Rescue and Police Search and Rescue will continue in an ongoing search operation.

Thoughts are with the family of the missing man in this difficult time.

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