Search is currently ongoing for a teenager who went missing when rip currents took him and three others away from Sunset Beach in Milnerton on Sunday.
Minutes before the four youngsters got into trouble, two unidentified male witnesses rescued a girl who had been entangled in the same rip current, according to the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI).
The NSRI’s Terence Lawson reported that when they arrived on the scene, they discovered four boys in their late teens in trouble in the surf.
“One was rescued by 2 bystanders, a husband and wife, from Mauritius, using an NSRI pink rescue buoy.
“An additional bystander had launched into the water with a body board to go to the aid of 2 of the teenagers, while the Mauritian man also returned into the water, with the pink rescue buoy, and 2 of teenagers were rescued to the shore. One teenager, aged 18, from Mandalay, Cape Town, was missing in the surf.”
The 3 casualties, who were now safe on the shore, were assessed by paramedics and they were not injured and required no medical care.
NSRI said despite an extensive search there remains no sign of the missing teenager.
“Police divers attended at the scene and are continuing in an ongoing search.
Thoughts are with the family of the missing teenager in this difficult time.”
Lawson also said that it was determined that only minutes before the four boys got into difficulty that two unidentified male bystanders rescued a female who had been caught in the same rip current.
She was rescued to the shore and before her cousin could warn the 4 male teenagers of the strong rip current they were swept away.