A teen boy from Manenberg went missing in the surf while swimming at Ouskip in Melkosstrand at 11.55am on Sunday, December 27. The City of Cape Town’s Law Enforcement officers called on the National Sea Rescue Institute’s (NSRI) Melkbosstrand duty crew to assist.

“NSRI Melkbosstrand duty crew and NSRI lifeguards, CoCT lifeguards, WC Government Health EMS, CoCT Fire and Rescue Services, SA Police Services, Melkbosstrand Neighbourhood Watch, DRM (Disaster Risk Management) and the EMS/AMS Skymed rescue helicopter responded to join CoCT Law Enforcement officers on the scene,” said Craig Lambinon, NSRI spokesperson.

Three sea rescue crafts were launched to join in the search and lifeguards were deployed into the Surfline to conduct sweeping line free dive search efforts.

“Despite an extensive air, sea and shoreline search there remains no sign of the teenager who went missing in the surf while swimming with family members,” he added.

A Police Dive Unit are tasked to continue in an ongoing search operation and they will be assisted by services that are on duty in the area.

“Our thoughts are with the family of the missing teenager in this difficult time,” Lambinon said.

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