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A Police Dive Unit are continuing in an ongoing search operation at Mnandi Beach, on the False Bay coast, for a 15 year old male, from Mitchells Plain, who went missing in the surf after appearing to get into difficulty while swimming.

Vaughn Seconds, NSRI Strandfontein station commander, said:

Our NSRI Strandfontein duty crew were activated at 13h23, Sunday, 6 February and the NSRI rescue craft Grand West CSI and Film Industry Fund Rescuer One were launched while NSRI rescue swimmers and our sea rescue vehicle responded.

The CoCT (City of Cape Town) water rescue network were activated.

CoCT lifeguards and CoCT Law Enforcement officers initiated a search and were joined by our 2 NSRI rescue craft, NSRI shore crew, WC Government Health EMS, SA Police Services, Netcare 911 ambulance services and Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services.

The EMS AMS Skymed rescue helicopter was activated.

The teenager was last seen by eye-witnesses disappearing in the surf.

Despite an extensive air, sea and shoreline search there remains no sign of the teenager.

The Police Dive Unit was activated and they are continuing in an ongoing search. Police have opened an investigation.

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

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