Beachgoers urged to take care

The NSRI urges caution on CT beaches as rip currents continue to claim lives.

The NSRI urges caution on CT beaches as more drowning incidents are reported. Picture: Andrew Ingram/NSRI

CAPE TOWN - The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) has again warned people visiting the country's beaches to be cautious after several drowning and near-drowning incidents in the Western Cape over the past few days.

Police divers are still searching for an 18-year-old youth who went missing while swimming in the Muizenberg area.

The NSRI's Craig Lambinon says the teenager was swimming with two other people when they were all swept out by a rip current.

He says the other two bathers have been rescued.

"They didn't have to go to hospital and they weren't injured but the 18-year-old is still missing and is feared to have drowned."

At the same time the search has also resumed for a man who was swept off rocks in the Rooi Els area outside Gordons Bay.

Meanwhile, four people have been rescued by a bystander in Hermanus where they were swept out to sea.

Lambinon says the four, including their rescuer, are doing well.

"All five people were taken to hospital. They suffered some cuts and bruise abrasions and from exhaustion and shock. They've all made a full recovery."