Teen goes missing at sea

2015-09-15 06:00

Sea Rescue boats Rotarian Schipper and Rotary Endeavour as well as the AMS helicopter search for the missing teenager at Camps Bay. 

Andrew Ingram / Sea Rescue

Sea Rescue boats Rotarian Schipper and Rotary Endeavour as well as the AMS helicopter search for the missing teenager at Camps Bay. PHOTO: Andrew Ingram / Sea Rescue

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Police divers are continuing the search for a boy who went missing at Camps Bay on the weekend.

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) was called out on Saturday morning following eye-witness reports of a teenager going missing in the surf at Camps Bay beach.

NSRI Bakoven station commander Bruce Davidson says it appears that a group of 23 teenagers and young adults from Manenberg had arrived at Camps Bay beach together to spend the day at the beach.

“While some of the teenagers were swimming in the surf, one of the group, a 17-year-old male, appeared to get into difficulty and disappeared beneath the surf. It is suspected that he had been caught in a rip current before getting into difficulty and disappearing under water.”

Despite an extensive air, sea and shore search no sign of the missing teenager has been found and he is presumed to have drowned, Davidson says.

“As part of an ongoing search rescue swimmers conducted sweeping line searches free diving in the surf zone and police divers conducted scuba dive searches in the area.

“Police have opened an investigation and are attempting to locate the family of the missing teenager and a police dive unit will continue an ongoing search operation. Police trauma counsellors attended to the group of children,” he says.

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