A fifth day of searching for the body of a teenage boy who drowned at Blythedale Beach on KZN’s North Coast yielded no results on Monday.
It is believed that the boy (16) got into difficulty while swimming and was swept out to sea by the currents on Thursday afternoon.
KZN SAPS spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala confirmed that the incident happened after 4.30 pm.
Durban SAPS Search and Rescue divers and K9 unit, KwaDukuza Crime Prevention Unit and lifeguards, Badul Air Aviation, Crime Stop UkuKusiza and IPSS Medical Rescue search and rescue division, are involved in the search.
IPSS spokesperson Paul Herbst said crews conducted shore patrols as well as watercraft patrols out at sea to search for the teen’s body. “Aerial support was provided using a drone, a helicopter and microlights. Unfortunately the fifth day of the search yielded no results. Thank you to all who assisted.”
KwaDukuza Municipality spokesperson Sipho Mkhize said they had extended the search area from Blythedale Beach to around Prince’s Grant Beach and the Umvoti River Mouth to no avail.
“According to our lifeguards, the body of the child may surface soon, so we will keep looking.”
Mkhize appealed to families who visit the beach to ensure their children do not enter the water unsupervised.
“If there are no lifeguards on duty do not swim and do not allow your children to swim. If the current is strong get out of the water,” said Mkhize.
The search will continue today.