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Man missing in Port Alfred after three swept out to sea by rip currents

Aug 28, 2017
Man missing in Port Alfred after three swept out to sea by rip currents

Search operations were still underway at the time of publishing in Port Alfred where three men, believed to be from Rhodes University in Grahamstown, were swept out to sea by rip currents over the weekend. Two men made it ashore, but one is still missing.

According to Stephen Slade, National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) Port Alfred deputy station commander, at 15h51, on Saturday, the NSRI Port Alfred duty crew were activated following reports of three men being swept out to sea at West Beach, Port Alfred.

"Our NSRI rescue vehicle carrying NSRI rescue swimmers responded to the scene and our sea rescue craft Rescue Eleven Alpha was launched.

"The SA Police Services, Ndlambe Local Municipality, Eastern Cape Government Health EMS, Ndlambe Traffic Services, Ndlambe Fire and Rescue Services and Guardmed private ambulance services responded," Slade described.

"On arrival on the scene it was found that two young men, aged in their 20’s, had managed to get out of the water without assistance and a young man, believed to be aged in his early 20’s, was missing in the surf after reportedly being witnessed being swept out to sea in a strong rip current surge and disappearing under water."

He said that the two men found out of the water were not injured.

"We believe that they are all from Rhodes University and Police are investigating," Slade added.

"Police and a Police dive unit will continue in an ongoing search operation."