NSRI search for two missing men in Transkei river

Two Transkei men are missing in the flooded  Mtentu River near the river mouth, after their small paddle boat capsized at about 5 am this monring (12 December).

A third man managed to to get to shore uninjured. The river is about  25 kilometers from Port Edward over barely accessible terrain.

According to NSRI Port Edward volunteer sea rescue duty crew, they  were activated following reports of a boat capsized on the Mtentu River between Bizana and Port Edward with reports of one man safe and two men missing..

Mick Banks, NSRI Port Edward station commander, said that NSRI duty crew responded, towing the NSRI Port Edward rigid inflatable boat over barely accessible remote tracks to reach the scene. The sea rescue boat was launched onto the river and foot patrols are being conducted, but despite an extensive search there remains no sign of the two men.

 Local members of the public are assisting in the search. A Police Dive Unit are responding to join in the search.

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