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Search for missing Strand swimmer to continue

An 18-year-old male was swept out to sea by a strong rip current yesterday.

FILE: An 18-year-old male was swept out to sea by a strong rip current yesterday.

CAPE TOWN - While the search for an 18-year-old youth, who went missing while swimming in the Strand area in the Western Cape, will resume this morning, it is now believed a teenager may have also disappeared in the same incident.

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) says the 18-year-old was swept out to sea by a strong rip current.

At the same time, a 14-year-old is also reportedly missing, but the NSRI says it has not been able to confirm this at this stage.

The institute's Craig Lambinon says, "On arrival on scene, it was found local sportsmen and lifeguards were searching for an 18-year-old male that had disappeared under sea after being swept out to sea by rip currents."

Meanwhile, thousands turned out to enjoy Boxing Day on Camps Bay Beach in Cape Town.

City officials say there appears to have been a drop in the number of beach goers compared to previous years.

Strong winds and rip currents may have deterred some, but these people say they were determined to hit the beach.

"We just love Camps Bay so we decided to have lunch here even though it's very windy."

"On a day like this everybody goes to the beach, but this time around the wind is strong."

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