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Rip currents claim more lives

The NSRI has its hands full as rip currents claim more lives along the South African coast.

CT rescue services have their hands full after a drowning and continued search for a teenager.Picture: Andrew Ingram/NSRI

CAPE TOWN - The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) says a young man has drowned and a teenager is feared to have suffered the same fate in separate incidents along the False Bay Coast over the past 24 hours.

At the weekend, five people who were swimming ran into trouble near Mnandi Beach.

Four of the bathers were rescued.

Following a long and an extensive search, sea rescue officials eventually found the body of the fifth bather, an 18-year-old from Crossroads.

The NSRI's Craig Lambinon says soon after this incident, officials were called out to Monwabisi Beach.

"It was reported a 14-year-old teenage boy was being swept out to sea by rip currents. Despite an extensive search that went into the night, the teenager has not yet been found."

Police divers will resume their search this morning.

Meanwhile in Port Elizabeth, authorities have been dealing with the drowning of a 28 year-old man.

Another person is also reportedly lost at sea.

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