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NSRI St Lucia duty crew were activated following reports of a drowning in progress between Main Beach and Jabula Beach, St Lucia.

Jan Hofman, NSRI St Lucia station commander, said:

The sea rescue craft Rescue 40 Alpha was launched and NSRI rescue swimmers, SA Police Services, S.T.A.R.T. (Specialised Tactical Accident Rescue Team) members, and Ezemvelo Wildlife rangers responded.

Despite an extensive sea and shoreline search there remains no sign of a male, believed to be aged 42, from Tanzania and living in Pretoria, who went missing in the surf zone.

We believe he may have been caught in rip currents while swimming.

Police Search and Rescue are continuing in an ongoing search.

Thoughts are with the family in this difficult time.

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