Beach goer missing in Jeffreys Bay

DECEMBER 17, 2014

A 20-year-old man has gone missing after he allegedly disappeared under water while swimming at Main Beach, Jeffreys Bay, the national sea rescue institute said on Wednesday.

The man, originally from Gauteng, was allegedly caught in rip currents in the area on Tuesday evening, spokesman Craig Lambinon said in a statement.

"A surfer had gone to his rescue but the man had disappeared under water before the surfer could reach him."

Lambinon said there was no sign of the man, despite an extensive searches which had started around 6.30pm.

By midnight NSRI personnel were still conducting searches along the beach's shoreline. A SA Police Service diving unit would join the search on Wednesday morning, Lambinon said.

"Police trauma counsellors assisted the family of the missing man. Police have opened an investigation into the incident".