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At 09h44, Sunday, 25 June, NSRI Richards Bay duty crew were activated following reports from Richards Bay Fire and Rescue Services of a drowning in progress at Durnford Beach.

Mike Pattison, NSRI Richards Bay station commander, said:

The sea rescue craft Spirit of Round Table was launched while NSRI rescue swimmers, the SA Police Services, Police Search and Rescue and Medi Response responded.

On arrival; on the scene a search commenced for a 26 year old local man who had gone missing in the surf line.

Despite an extensive sea and shoreline search no signs of the missing man were found.

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

It remains unclear if the man was swimming with friends or taking part in a church baptism at the beach at the time.

Thoughts and support are with the family of the missing man in this difficult time.

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