Man presumed drowned in Eastern Cape

2011-11-15 19:45

Johannesburg - A man is presumed drowned after being swept out to sea at Port Alfred in the Eastern Cape, said the National Sea Rescue Institute.

Spokesperson Craig Lambinon said: "At 06:33 NSRI Port Alfred volunteer duty sea rescue crew were activated following reports of a drowning in progress at East Beach."

The 20-year-old local man had reportedly entered the surf with a friend when he was knocked off his feet by a wave and swept out to sea.

The NSRI search was assisted by police and emergency services. The man was not found and is presumed drowned.

Police divers were continuing the search, said Lambinon on Tuesday afternoon.

  • Warwick - 2011-11-17 08:18

    Apparenty the guy was heavily intoxicated, I was told this by a witness to the tragedy - and until people learn NEVER to enter the sea while drunk, many more will drown. I can almost guarantee that more lives will be lost in Port Alfred and elsewhere, this coming festive season, as so many people descend on our beaches, ignore the signs NOT TO SWIM, ignore the NO DRINKING on the beach signs, and then still swim, all the while polluting our beaches with plastic and bottles. I urge you, if you are coming to the coast for a much needed holiday, DO NOT DRINK ON OR NEAR OUR BEACHES, we would rather not have you and your children who go unsupervised while you drink - drown on our beach, the negative publicity is not needed. Rather stay alive and stay home if you want to get rat faced all day.

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