- A 19-year-old teenager was reported missing at sea on Saturday evening.
- It is presumed that he has drowned.
- A search for his body will commence during Sunday.
A 19-year-old teenager who went missing at a Blythedale beach, north of Durban in KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday evening, is presumed to have drowned.
IPSS spokesperson Paul Herbst on Sunday said that shortly after 18:00, their Search and Rescue division, together with SAPS search and rescue, and KDM lifeguards, responded to reports of a drowning at the beach.
"Upon the arrival of personnel, witness reports indicated that a teenager had entered the sea with friends after lifeguards had gone off duty. He reportedly got into difficulty before disappearing from sight," he added.
Resident Leigh-Anne Hull added that when she was at the beach on Saturday, the sea was "very rough".
Rescue crews conducted extensive searches,
including the deployment of a UAV.
"Unfortunately, no positive results were achieved, and the search was suspended due to loss of light," said Herbst.
Search efforts would resume at daylight.
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