Five days after going missing, swimmer’s body washes ashore in KZN

The teenager was swimming at an unprotected beach, and when his family members lost sight of him, they alerted emergency personnel.

Five days after going missing at sea, the body of a teenager washed ashore at Zinkwazi beach on the North Coast, this morning.

The young unidentified man had been swimming at an unprotected beach at Blythedale which he visited along with family on Friday.

When family members lost sight of him, they reported the matter to rescue personnel.

Vessels were launched out to sea and a drone deployed, but search and rescue efforts were called off later that day owing to severe weather conditions.

Ongoing search efforts produced no results, until his body washed ashore this morning.

The boy is not the only teenager who got into trouble at sea over the weekend.

A 16-year-old boy from Thembalethu, George, went missing in the sea at Wilderness Beach on Sunday afternoon and police divers are still searching for him.

NSRI Wilderness and the WC Government Health EMS rescue squad are assisting police divers.

The boy got into trouble in the water when he and another boy (15), were caught in the rip currents. Initially there were five boys in the water, but three made it out safely.

The NSRI located and recovered the 15-year-old. He was treated for non-fatal drowning symptoms.

An extensive air, sea and shoreline search, including NSRI rescue swimmers deployed into the surf to conduct free dive sweeping line search efforts, continues for the 16-year-old boy.

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