National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) Strandfontein commander, Vaughn Seconds, said in a statement on Sunday, an adult male from Strandfontein had gone missing in the surf while swimming at Monwabisi beach on the False Bay Coast.
A search was initiated by the City of Cape Town’s lifeguards and at 12:14, the NSRI Strandfontein duty crew were activated after receiving reports from CoCT lifeguards.
The NSRI sent out sea rescue vehicles including a helicopter. The Western Cape Government Health Emergency Medical Services, City of Cape Town (CoCT) Fire and Rescue Services and Fire Dive Unit, Law Enforcement and Law Enforcement Marine Unit, South African Police Services and Police Dive Unit also assisted in an extensive search for the missing man.
The statement further reads, “Despite an extensive sea, air and shoreline search, which included Fire Dive Unit rescue divers, NSRI rescue swimmers and CoCT lifeguards deployed into the surf conducting free dive sweeping line search efforts, no sign of the man has been found.”
The Police are still investigating, and the Police Dive Unit is continuing the search operation.
The statement ended off by saying, “The man’s daughter, believed to be aged 8, was located at their vehicle in the parking area and the child has been taken into the care of Police.”