Yesterday, the National Sea Rescue Institute was activated at Rocklands Beach in Sea Point when one teenager drowned and three others were reported missing.
According to the NSRI, the four friends, all teenage foreign nationals, were caught up in rip currents after entering the water when a wave washed over them at Rocklands Beach.
Today, the City of Cape Town revealed that a body was seen floating in the waters of Rocklands Beach, but it is not yet confirmed whether it is one of the boys who went missing yesterday.
“All services on scene but waves are currently making it difficult for SAPS divers to go in and confirm. The scene is still active,” said a City spokesperson.
Three surfers recovered one of the teens and signalled to an NSRI rescue swimmer for help. When he reached the surfers, around 200m off-shore, he performed CPR in an attempt to save him.
The surfers and the 15-year-old were brought to shore where advanced life support CPR was performed but the teenager was declared dead shortly after.
The families of the teenagers have opened missing person reports in the meantime, with police offering trauma counselling.
“Condolences are conveyed to family and friends of the deceased teenager and our thoughts and support remain with the families of the three missing teenagers in this difficult time,” said NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon.