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Search continues for Mthatha man swept out to sea in East London

Oct 30, 2017
Search continues for Mthatha man swept out to sea in East London

A search is continuing in East London where a man from Mthatha was reported to have been swept out to sea by rip currents over the weekend while swimming at a local beach.

According to Geoff McGregor, the National Sea Rescue Institute's (NSRI) East London station commander, said that at 18h00, on Saturday, NSRI East London rescue swimmers, a Police K-9 search and rescue squad, the SA Police Services and Bufallo City Metropolitan Fire and Rescue Services responded to Eastern Beach following reports of a drowning in progress.

"On arrival on the scene an extensive sea and shoreline search has revealed no sign of a missing 31-year-old man, from Umtata, who is believed to have been swept out to sea by rip currents and disappearing under water while swimming," described McGregor.

He said that a police dive unit is continuing with the ongoing search operation and police have opened an investigation into the incident.