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NSRI Hermanus duty crew were activated following eye-witness reports from a former NSRI Hermanus crew member and Hermanus Neighbourhood Watch of a man swept into the sea off rocks by waves at The Esplanade, Hermanus.

Andre Barnard, NSRI Hermanus station commander, said:

The sea rescue craft Rotarian Burnett was launched and NSRI rescue swimmers, our NSRI rescue vehicle, Law Enforcement, Neighbourhood Watch and the SA Police Services responded.

On arrival on the scene a search commenced for a 25 year old male, believed to be from a Farm in the Hemel en Aarde Valley, who had last been seen in the surf off-shore opposite The Windsor Hotel.

Despite an extensive sea and shoreline search there remains no sign of the missing man.

It appears that the man had been on the rocks collecting bait for fishing when a series of waves swept him off the rocks into the sea.

An investigation has been opened by Police and the Police Dive Unit will continue in an ongoing search operation.

Thoughts are with the family, his partner and friends in this difficult time.

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