Cape Town divers resume search for 3 missing beachgoers

2017-03-20 12:29
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Cape Town – Police divers on Monday continued their search for three men who went missing at two of Cape Town's beaches over the weekend.

Two men, aged 19 and 20, disappeared in the surf at Strand on Saturday afternoon while visiting the beach with a student Christian group, the National Sea Rescue Institute confirmed.

They are understood to be students at the University of the Western Cape and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology respectively.

The group had entered the water at the no swimming zone, a surfing area known for its big waves and strong rip currents, Meiklejohn said.

A search was launched for the two young men, and a helicopter was dispatched.

Sea conditions were rough, he explained, with breaking swells of 2.5m to 3m, strong south-easterly winds, and poor water visibility.

Police assistance

"But despite an extensive air, sea and shoreline search, no sign has been found of the two missing [men]," he said.

Two young women – who had also been swept out to sea at the area known as Pipe, bordering Strand Beach and AECI Somerset West – were rescued, station commander Alan Meiklejohn said.

In a separate incident, the search for a man who disappeared in the surf at Monwabisi Beach has also not yet yielded results.

The beachgoer, believed to be in his late 20s or early 30s, went missing at 18:30 on Sunday. Emergency services joined lifeguards in their search.

No sign of the man was found.

Western Cape police spokesperson Captain FC Van Wyk confirmed that a police diving unit was assisting in the search for the three missing men.

The incidents are being investigated.

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