On Sunday at 11:55, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) responded to a call of distress to the scene where a teenager, from Manenberg, went missing while swimming at Ouskip, Melkbosstrand.
In a statement, NSRI said that an extensive search was conducted by the 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.
The statement further read: “Three sea rescue craft were launched to join in the search and lifeguards were deployed into the surf line 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.”
The search for the missing teen will continue.
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.
According to a Facebook post by a Manenberg community member, Yumna Low Alexander, the boy is 15-year-old Yusuf Arendse, a Grade 9 pupil at Garlandale High School.
Arendse is the son of a well-known clothing designer in the Manenberg Community.
The family had been camping at Ou Skip in Melkbosstrand and while swimming in the surf with other family members, Yusuf went missing.