A 19-year-old male has gone missing in Dappat Se Gat. NSRI was activated on Sunday, March 3 around 5.17pm in response to reports of a drowning between Gordon’s Bay and Koegelbaai.
The NSRI Gordon’s Bay duty crew was activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA), and the sea rescue craft, Spirit of Surfski, was launched along with an NSRI rescue vehicle, the SA Police Services, GB Med ambulance and rescue, CoCT (City of Cape Town) Fire and Rescue Services Dive Unit, CoCT Lifesaving lifeguards, WC Government Health EMS rescue squad, and the EMS/AMS Skymed rescue helicopter.
On arrival at the scene the teams commenced a search for the teen from Kuils River who had gone missing in the surf.
The missing teenager had been swimming with his friend, a 17-year-old male. The friend was found safe on the shore and treated by paramedics for hypothermia. He required no further assistance following this treatment.
During a day out with friends, the two teenagers had been swimming together when they were caught in rip currents. The 17-year-old managed to reach the shore, but his 19-year-old friend disappeared beneath the surf.
Despite an extensive sea, air and shoreline search, no sign has been found of the missing teenager and a Police Dive Unit are continuing the search operation.
Police have opened an investigation and family of the missing teenager are being supported by Police trauma counsellors.