Search for swimmer’s body still on

2013-08-08 00:00

THE search for the body of a man swept out to sea by rip currents while swimming at Banana Beach, Pumula, north of Port Shepstone, will continue today.

Mark Harlen, NSRI Shelly Beach station commander, said their rescue crew responded when a distress call was received at 11.16 pm on Tuesday.

“Our NSRI volunteer sea rescue duty crew launched our sea rescue craft Caltex Challenger II and our NSRI rescue vehicle, police search and rescue, a police helicopter and Hibiscus Medivac ambulance services responded.

“A fellow swimmer who was reportedly also in difficulty in the surf managed to get out of the water unassisted.

“Despite an extensive sea, shore and air search no sign has been found of the missing man who is presumed to have drowned.

“Police have opened an inquest docket and a police search-and-rescue team will continue with a search operation.”

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