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Rugby players swept out to sea, rescued

The outgoing tide swept some Mpumalanga rugby players towards the river mouth of the Nahoon.

Reports said the outgoing tide, swept some Mpumalanga rugby players towards the river mouth.

CAPE TOWN - The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said on Saturday a group of Mpumalanga rugby players have been treated for shock and exhaustion after they were swept out to sea while swimming in the Nahoon River in East London.

One of the rugby players drowned.

Reports said the outgoing tide, swept them out towards the river mouth.

The players were from the North West Leopards' under 19 and 21 teams.

The NSRI's Craig Lambinon said, "Two local surf skiers who were in the area at the time, paddling, has gone over to assist and in relays and with difficulty had managed to rescue all people out of the water.

"All of the men were suffering from exhaustion; one of the men was unconscious."