Man missing, swept away by the sea at East London

A 24 year-old man from Alice in the Eastern Cape is missing after being swept out to sea at East London yesterday afternoon, 6 December, at Eastern Beach.

Despite an extensive search no sign of the man has been found and police are continuing to search.  And the NSRI nationally has warned all people already at the coast and those about to go there to be careful about rip currents in the sea.  Many NSRI stations along the coast were kept busy yesterday afternoon by callouts to assist people swept away by rip currents.

A Plett fisherman is a local hero after rescuing two small children; a boy and a girl, aged five and eight, from near drowning after they were swept away by rip currents yesterday afternoon. He saw the incident unfolding and raced his small boat to help the children. He recovered them from under the water and brought them to shore.. 

A bystander raised the alarm and both children were treated by NSRI and paramedics and transported to hospital in serious but stable condition. NSRI Plettenberg Bay says it was activated by calls for assistance to the family members, who while crossing the Keurbooms River, were knocked over by currents and they lost hold of their children.

Earlier yesterday afternoon, also in Plett, NSRI Plettenberg Bay responded to a call to assist a woman in difficulty on a jetski at the Keurbooms River Mouth. A rubber-duck with 2 men had gone to her assistance ‘One man jumped out of the rubber duck to assist the woman while the other one beached the rubber duck and took the woman on board .The NSRI arrived and transferred the two men and the woman to shore on the sea rescue craft. The jet ski was recovered.

Edited by St Francis Chronicle

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