Man swept away by rip current at Sezela

2017-02-02 06:01

SEARCH and Rescue members from Port Shepstone SAPS were called to a scene at Sezela beach on Monday where a 20-year-old man allegedly drowned.

“The man was swimming when he was swept away by a strong rip current,” said police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid.

The victim was with another man in the water who also experienced difficulty.

“Fortunately, he was assisted by a community member who saw what was happening,” she added.

The SAPS Airwing was on scene and did a search, but without results.

Two police divers also entered the water, but had to abandon the search due to their safety and the strong current and rough sea.

“The community should adhere to warnings to not swim at beaches where there are no lifeguards on duty. Police will continue a search along the shoreline in the morning,” said Wiid.

Meanwhile no body has been found of the teenager who presumably drowned at Turton beach near Hibberdene last Monday.

The 14-year-old went missing in the surf while swimming with his brother and friends.

Wiid said the search and rescue officers cover areas in the Ugu cluster and Harry Gwala district.

“They are sometimes required to assist divers in the Eastern Cape and the Durban as well as well as the Midlands.

“They travel long distances and work long hours. Sometimes it is exhausting, especially when they have to travel for many hours to other areas and then still have to do search operations or execute dives to look for bodies,” she added.

Wiid said they are a dedicated, passionate team and all have a passion for their work.

“Their families also have to adapt as they are away from home quite often. Apart from their search-and-rescue work, they also do normal policing duties when there are no call-outs.”

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