Lifeguard spots body of missing man while surfing at Strand

2016-03-04 17:10
(NSRI website)

(NSRI website)

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Cape Town – An off-duty lifeguard who was surfing at Strand beach has discovered the body of a man who had gone missing, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said on Friday.

Eyewitnesses had spotted the 20-year-old Somali man, from Kuils River, in difficulty in the surf on Thursday afternoon, said NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon.

"According to reports, the man appeared to be swimming alone before disappearing under water."

He said it was believed that the man had got caught in rip currents.

Authorities launched an extensive air, sea and shoreline search.

The lifeguard who found his body alerted rescue teams who were nearby.

Lambinon said trauma counsellors were assisting the man’s family.

Police had opened an inquest docket.

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