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Search continues at Sundays River mouth for missing man after group caught by rip currents

Feb 18, 2019
Search continues at Sundays River mouth for missing man after group caught by rip currents

A search is continuing around the Sundays River mouth were a 35-year-old man remains missing after a group of men were reportedly caught in rip currents on Sunday evening.

According to Ian Gray, National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) Port Elizabeth station commander, at 18h14, on Sunday, the NSRI Station 6 Port Elizabeth duty crew and the Nelson Mandela Bay Water Rescue Network  were activated following reports of three men reportedly caught in currents at the Sundays River mouth.

"Blue Water Bay Surf Lifesaving lifeguards, who had a rescue rubber-duck on Sundays River at the time and were in the vicinity immediately responded and NSRI Port Elizabeth towed the sea rescue craft Spirit of Surf-Ski 4 that was launched on the river," he described.

"The Coastal Water Rescue, the SA Police Services, a Police Dive Unit, NMB Beach Managers Office and EC Government Health EMS were also activated."

Search for man continues at Sundays River mouth

Gray said that on arrival on the scene, two men were found safe out the water.

"They had sustained only minor injuries, but one man, a local 35-year-old, remained missing and despite an extensive search in the river, along the banks of the river and out to sea - which also included NSRI Port Elizabeth launching an additional sea rescue craft, JLK Rescuer, and searching the coastline and out to sea, no sign of the missing man has been found."

Gray said that a Police Dive Unit is continuing in an ongoing search operation on Monday.

"It appears that a group of up to 20 men had been swimming across the river when 3 of the men were reportedly caught in strong currents," he explained.

"High tide was at 15h16 and low tide at 20h56."

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