Search for rugby players bolstered

2012-03-26 10:00
Port Elizabeth - An air force helicopter with two swimmers joined a rescue team on Monday in the search for five rugby players who went missing off Port Elizabeth, the NSRI said.

A police dive unit, dog unit and Bluewater Bay lifeguards had been searching since first light, National Sea Rescue Institute spokesperson Craig Lambinon said.

The Motherwell Rugby Football Club members went missing on Sunday after being swept out to sea by rip currents.

Lifeguards rescued 15 people in total. A member of the rugby team was taken back to shore, but died on the scene.

The team had apparently taken to the water to cool down after a rugby practice.

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