Two missing people in separate NSRI search incidents in Strand and Durban
Two people are missing and presumed drowned following two separate incidents on the weekend of 24 to 25 August 2019. The first incident saw a child swept out to sea at Strand beach in Cape Town, while in Durban, a man on holiday in the area has not been found, despite a massive search. A search was activated at Strand beach when a 12-year-old child playing in the ocean got into difficulty and went underwater, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said on Sunday, 25 August 2019. "The child, reported to be amongst a group of local friends who were swimming together, was reported by eyewitnesses to have disappeared underwater after appearing to be in difficulty in the surf while swimming," said Alan Meiklejohn, NSRI Strand station commander. The child went underwater on Saturday afternoon but, in spite of a massive response, was not immediately found.
A police dive unit was continuing the search on Sunday, supported by NSRI Strand, Strand Surf Lifesaving, the City of Cape Town Law Enforcement marine unit and Cape Town's Fire and Rescue Services dive unit.
"Trauma counsellors assisted the family of the missing child and our thoughts are with the family in this difficult time," said Meiklejohn.
In Durban, at 17h30, Sunday, 25th August, NSRI Durban duty crew and eThekwini Lifesaving lifeguards were activated following reports from eThekwini Metro Police Search and Rescue of a drowning in progress at Wedge Beach, Durban.
An NSRI rescue swimmer responded directly to the scene to join eThekwini lifeguards who had initiated a search using a lifeguard jet ski and the NSRI rescue swimmer entered the water conducting free dive search efforts.
Our sea rescue craft was towed to the scene using our sea rescue vehicle and eThekwini Metro Police Search and Rescue officers and the SA Police Services responded.
Despite an extensive sea and shoreline search no sign of a 29 year old male, believed to be from Soweto, Gauteng, reported by eye witnesses to have disappeared under water, has been found.
eThekwini Metro Police Search and Rescue and the SA Police Services, supported by lifeguards, will continue in an ongoing search operation.
Police have opened an investigation into the incident.