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At 17h21, Sunday, 25th December, NSRI Gqeberha duty crew were activated following reports of a teenager swept over the sea wall while swimming at Seaview Resorts tidal pool, Beach View, in large waves during the Spring high tide.

Jonathan Tufts, NSRI Gqeberha deputy station commander, said:

The NSRI Gqeberha rescue vehicle towing the NSRI rescue craft Rescue 6 Bravo was dispatched while NSRI rescue swimmers, Coastal Water Rescue, the SA Police Services and EC Government Health EMS responded.

NSRI EOC (Emergency Operations Centre) contacted the Transnet National Ports Authority who broadcast an alert for vessels that were in the area to keep a look-out.

A number of Chokka fishing vessels close in-shore near to the area kept a watch.

On arrival on the scene an extensive search commenced for a 14-year-old male, from Zimbabwe, who had been swept over the tidal pool wall while swimming in the tidal pool.

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

Police divers are continuing in an ongoing search.

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

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