January 29 2017 – AN UNNAMED 22 year old ,Zimbabwean man has drowned in the sea at Sardinia Bay in Port Elizabeth after apparently being caught in rip currents, says the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) Sunday (today).
NSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew were activated at 4pm by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) following reports of a drowning in progress at Sardinia Bay Beach, says NSRI Port Elizabeth station commander Ian Gray.
“Lifeguards were on duty 100 metres away at a designated safe swimming area, marked by their red and yellow flags, but it appears that the man, who is a student in Port Elizabeth, had gone swimming away from the safe swimming area before being swept out to sea by rip currents and disappearing under water,”says Gray.
During an extensive sea, shore, and air search the body of the missing man was spotted in the surfline 500 metres to the west, but numerous attempts to get the sea rescue craft into the breaking surf area, lined with jagged rocks, were not successful because of heavy breaking surf.
Further attempts by Coastal Water Rescue rescue swimmers to reach the body through the breaking surf from the shore were deemed to be unsafe.
After all efforts to recover the body were unsuccessful the rescue operation was suspended at last light (today) and a police dive unit would continue with a search and recovery operation in the morning.
The man’s family of the man, who were reportedly visiting from Zimbabwe, are being assisted by police trauma counsellors, adds Gray . – ANA visit www.zimsinsa.com