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Missing 3-year-old Port Elizabeth boy found safe and well by NSRI trainees

APRIL 7, 2017
Missing 3-year-old Port Elizabeth boy found safe and well by NSRI trainees

A three-and-half-year-old boy, believed to be from Port Elizabeth, who went missing in St Francis Bay on Thursday evening, was found alive and unhurt at around 12h50 on Friday following an extensive search and rescue operation that included the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) and local police.

Chulu was found by two NSRI St Francis Bay trainee crew members lying under some bushes up the creek of the Krom River and was brought to safety.

"The child has been airlifted to hospital by a police helicopter as a precaution to be be examined by doctors but no injuries are suspected and the child appears to be healthy," said NSRI spokesperson, Craig Lambinon.

"It is suspected that Chulu had wandered off from home before getting lost up the river.

"Police are suspecting no foul play was involved although an investigation remains open."

Lambinon said that the boy's family "are overjoyed and relieved and NSRI express sincere thanks to the massive response by the St Francis Bay Police, a Police K-9 Search and Rescue team, the Police Air Wing, Smhart Security, the NSRI volunteer crews from NSRI St Francis Bay and from NSRI Jeffreys Bay and the community and community organisations who came together to help in this extensive search."