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At 07h41, Sunday, 14 May, Municipal lifeguards and NSRI Shelly Beach duty crew were alerted following eye-witness reports of a drowning in progress at Port Shepstone, Oslo Beach.

An NSRI Shelly Beach rescue craft jet-rib, at sea at the time, and NSRI rescue swimmers, responded.

The SA Police Services, Police Search and Rescue and Netcare 911 ambulance services were activated.

An Air Track 101 helicopter, volunteered by a local pilot, joined in the air, sea and shoreline search.

Local community members, using drones, assisted in the inshore search efforts.

Despite an extensive air, sea and shoreline search there remains no sign of a 19-year-old male who is missing in the surf.

Police Search and Rescue are continuing in an ongoing search operation and Police have opened an investigation.

It is believed that the teenager was caught in rip currents while swimming before sight of the teenager was lost in the surf line.

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

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