Man disappears in the Port Alfred surf

A  22 year-old Amanzimtoti man who was caught in a rip current disappeared in the surf off Port Alfred yesterday.

A security official who was first on the scene could see the man but lost sight of him before NSRI volunteers arrived.

The incident happened at 7 pm last night, 27 December 2012.  NSRI volunteers from Port Alfred were called out for a drowning in progress at Kasouga, 10 miles West of Port Alfred.

 Juan Pretorius, Port Alfred station commander, said NSRI volunteers launched Lotto Challenger and sent their rescue vehicle, with NSRI swimmers by road to the scene.  The SAPS, Multi Security and Traffic officials also responded. 

The Port Alfred Sea Rescue crew searched for the man from the shore and from Lotto Challenger until the fading light made it impossible to continue and the operation was called off at 8.15 pm.

 The SAP has taken over the search and recovery operation.

 Sea Rescue urges swimmers to enter the water at beaches where lifesavers are on duty and swim only between their flags.


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