Thirteen year-old boy missing in Kommetjie surf

A  13 year-old boy is missing at Kommetjie after disappearing under water yesterday.

It is suspected that he was caught by a rip current while swimming. 

Tom Coetzee, NSRI Kommetjie station commander, said just after 4 pm , 12 December,  NSRI Kommetjie volunteer sea rescue duty crew were activated following reports of a male teenager missing in the surf at Kommetjie Beach.  Volunteer sea rescue duty crew launched their sea rescue craft Discovery Rescue Runner and Spirit of Winelands,he the sea rescue Quad Bike and  Sea Rescue 4×4 vehicle, plus the Skymed rescue helicopter, SA Police Services, Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services and CMR (Cape Medical Response) responded.

 “On arrival  a search commenced for  the boy from Ocean View, reported by his family as last seen disappearing under water. 

“Despite an extensive sea, shore and air search, which included a scuba dive search by Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services divers, a free dive sweeping line search, by NSRI Kommetjie rescue swimmers, no sign of the teenager was found.  On arrival on-scene of a Police Dive Unit a sweeping line free dive search was again conducted at last light uusing NSRI sea rescue swimmers, Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services divers and Police Divers.

 “By last light no sign of the teenager was found and a Police Dive Unit will continue an ongoing search operation from first light assisted by NSRI Kommetjie volunteers.

 “Police have opened an investigation into the incident. Police trauma counsellors are assisting the family of the missing teenager.”

 With the holiday season now upon us NSRI are urging bathers to learn about rip-currents by visiting the NSRI website www.nsri.org.za.

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