Search for teenager missing at sea in KZN continues

Photo: SAPS

Search for teenager missing at sea in KZN continues

Police said a teenager who drowned in Richards Bay is still missing at sea, the search will continue on Sunday.

Search for teenager missing at sea in KZN continues

Photo: SAPS

The search for a teenager who drowned on Tuesday at Mzingazi Beach, Richards Bay, who is still missing at sea, would continue on Sunday. 


Details surrounding the drowning of the teenager were still sketchy at the moment. 

According to police, emergency services attended to a drowning complaint when the 15-year-old teenager got into difficulty and drowned.

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Police said the search for the teenager would continue on Sunday. 

According to police the search for the missing teenager was suspended on Saturday due to the incoming tide.


Meanwhile, in an unrelated drowning incident, the body of an unknown man was found at the Beachfront in Durban on Thursday. 

Police said Durban SAPS divers along with metro police were called out to the Beachfront for a drowning. 

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“The body of an unknown male was recovered and handed over to members from Durban Central SAPS. Inquest docket opened.”


Here are some water-safety tips to bear in mind this summer:

  • Swim at beaches where and when lifeguards are on duty.
  • Lifeguards are on duty at selected beaches between 10am and 6pm on weekends and during the week during summer school holidays. Listen to their advice and talk to them about beach safety. They are the experts. If lifeguards are not on duty, do not swim.
  • Swim between the lifeguard flags.
  • Teach children that if they swim between the lifeguards flags, the lifeguards will be watching them and can help if there is a problem. Lifeguards watch swimmers very carefully between the flags – just wave an arm if you need help.
  • Don’t drink alcohol and then swim.
  • Don’t swim alone. Always swim with a buddy.
  • Know how to survive rip currents. Educate yourself about rip currents, know what they look like and how to handle them if you find yourself caught in one.
  • Don’t attempt a rescue yourself. If you see someone in difficulty, alert a lifeguard at once. If possible, throw something that floats to the person. Then call the emergency number 112 from your cellphone. The NSRI’s Emergency Operations Centre can be reached on 087 094 9774.
  • Avoid bringing tubes and pool inflatables to the beach or dam. As much fun as inflatables are, they can be blown away from shore very easily. If a child or adult can’t swim and falls off in deep water, they will drown.
  • Drowning is silent.Watch children when they are in or near water. Do not be distracted by your cellphone or social media; you need to focus on them and nothing else.
  • Be prepared! Learn how to perform CPR.
  • Make sure you have emergency numbers that you may need saved in your cellphone. Dial 112 from any cell phone in any emergency. Or simply Google Sea Rescue or NSRI for the closest Sea Rescue station’s telephone number.
  • Check the wind, weather and tides before going to the beach, fishing or boating.
  • Tell someone where you are going and when you are due back, and make sure that they know your route, your intentions and who to call if you are overdue.
  • When climbing on rocks or fishing from rocks – never ever turn your back on the sea and we strongly advise rock anglers to wear a lifejacket and know when spring high tide is

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