No sign of KZN teen caught in rip current as search continues
The search for a missing teenager continued on Monday after he was swept out to sea by rip currents at Blythedale Beach on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast.
National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) Ballito station commander Quentin Power said the duty crew received a report of a drowning on Saturday evening.
"A search commenced for a 17-year-old male who had reportedly gone missing in the surf after being swept out to sea by rip currents.
"NSRI rescue swimmers and KwaDukuza lifeguards conducted free dive searches.
"Despite an extensive search no sign of the teenager was found.
"A search resumed at first light where KwaDukuza lifeguards, police K9 search and rescue and NSRI Ballito crew, assisted by our NSRI rescue craft Freemasons Way and a Badul Air helicopter searched extensively.
"Debris expelled into the ocean from flooding of the Umvoti River hampered the search.
"Police K9 search and rescue will continue searching," said Power.
Since the start of the festive season there have been several reports of youngsters drowning along the KwaZulu-Natal coast.
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