Search called off for missing man in KZN

2011-08-07 20:31
Durban - A man is missing, feared drowned, after he was swept into the sea from the mouth of the Umgeni River, in Durban, on Sunday, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said.

Spokesperson Andre Fletcher said a volunteer crew were asked to assist the police search and rescue team in attending to the incident, which was reported at 07:15.

An extensive search revealed no sign of the man, he said.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Vincent Mdunge said the man had gone swimming in the Umgeni River mouth's Blue Lagoon.

He said the man - originally from the Eastern Cape - had been swimming with his friend and his brother in the lagoon.

The police abandoned the search late on Sunday due to bad light.

“We will resume the search tomorrow at first light," said Mdunge.

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