Belgian man missing in SA presumed drowned

2011-04-19 08:48

Two men were missing at sea and presumed to have drowned in separate incidents in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal today.

A 29-year-old Belgian man went missing while swimming with his brother yesterday, said National Sea Rescue Institute spokesperson Craig Lambinon.

“It appears that the brothers had gone for a swim at the beach adjacent to the Ntafufu River mouth in Port St Johns when, according to the 23-year-old brother, they were swept out to sea by what we believe were strong rip currents,” he said.

“The 23-year-old managed to get to shore, but had lost sight of his brother.”

After a extensive sea and shoreline search it was presumed that the 29-year-old had drowned, he said.

The police dog unit would search for the missing man today.

Meanwhile, in St Lucia, on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast, one man died in a boating accident and another was still missing at after a fishing boat capsized in the surf between the St Lucia estuary mouth and First Rocks, said Netcare 911 spokesperson Jeff Wicks.

Seven people were injured in the accident this morning, he said.

The private fishing boat was still missing.

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