A 17 year-old Eerste Rivier male is missing at sea after disappearing under water. He reportedly got into difficulty while swimming.
An extensive air, sea and shore search this afternoon revealed no sign of the missing teenager who is presumed to have drowned.
Edward Russouw, NSRI Gordons Bay deputy station commander, said at 1.17 pm today, 10 December, NSRI Gordons Bay volunteer duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) following eye-witness reports of a drowning in progress at the Pavilion, Strand.
“We launched our sea rescue craft Spirit of Surfski and dispatched rescue swimmers to the scene and the EMS/AMS Skymed rescue helicopter, SA Police Services, WC Government Health EMS, Law Enforcement Marine Unit, Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services and a Police Dive Unit responded.” Russouw said.
A K-9 search and rescue team joined the search efforts and the Law Enforcement Marine Unit launched a rescue jet-ski to assist the NSRI sea rescue craft.
Family of the missing boy are being assisted by Police Trauma Counsellors.
Police opened an investigation into the incident. A Police Dive Unit, assisted by the NSRI and a police helicopter will continue the search tomorrow.
Edited by St Francis Chronicle