SEARCH ON FOR EL MAN SWEPT AWAY BY WAVES

By Phila Audrey Tuba

The National Sea Rescue Institute crew is continuing with their search for a man who went missing at Christmas Rock in East London. The missing man’s brother was rescued.

Geoff McGregor who is an operations manager for the national sea rescue institute stated that their duty crew was activated at 4pm on Saturday, after they received reports of a drowning in process at Christmas Rock.

“A sea rescue craft was launched, and the SAPS and Eastern Cape government emergency service responded to the call. The National Sea Rescue Institute rescue swimmers and rescue paramedics waded across to Christmas Rock, where a man was rescued. He was taken through the surf to the shore, where he was treated. An extensive sea and shoreline search was carried out for the missing man”, said NSRI Operations Manager Geoff McGregor.

The police divers and K9 Search and Rescue Unit were continuing with the search at Christmas Rock. At the same time, an NSRI East London duty crew and Eastern Cape government emergency services were activated to respond to another incident at Gonubie following a report of a drowning progress.

Prior to the NSRI arriving at the scene, local lifeguards had rescued a man from the surf, and he was treated by the paramedics. It is said that he is in a stable condition.

The duty crew and police responded to another call from Cinsta Beach, where a search for a missing child was under way. The four-year-old was found unharmed and returned to her family.

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