Muizenberg beach closed as lifeguard goes missing

NSRI and other agencies searched for a missing lifeguard, taking on sweeping patrols and water patrols, until the light began to fade on Saturday 28 November.PHOTO: City of cape Town
NSRI and other agencies searched for a missing lifeguard, taking on sweeping patrols and water patrols, until the light began to fade on Saturday 28 November.PHOTO: City of cape Town

A seasonal lifeguard, who fell off a rescue sled being towed by a jet ski, disappeared in the surf on Saturday 28 November and is yet to be found.

Just before 15:00 on Saturday, Muizenberg lifeguards launched their jet ski in response to a call about a kite surfer.

The senior lifeguard was operating the craft, with the seasonal lifeguard on the rescue sled.

It is suspected that the lifeguard was knocked off the sled, approximately 50 to 100 metres offshore, and he then disappeared in the water.

The City of Cape Town began working with numerous other agencies to find the lifeguard, closing off Muizenberg beach for the search.

Lifeguards, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI), law enforcement, fire and rescue service, disaster risk management and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) continued their search well into Sunday 29 November.

Counselling has been arranged for the lifeguard’s colleagues and friends.

The City says it will do everything possible to find the lifeguard, and to assist his colleagues, family and friends during this difficult time.

The search was ongoing at the time of going to print.

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