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Dappat se Gat claims another life

The search for a young man who is believed to have drowned at Dappat se Gat, between Gordon’s Bay and Kogel Bay on Sunday, continues.

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) Gordon’s Bay crew responded to reports of the drowning of 19-year-old male from Kuils River at 17:16.

The sea rescue craft Spirit of Surfski was launched, in addition to an NSRI rescue vehicle, police, GBMed ambulance, council’s Fire and Rescue services Dive Unit, provincial health’s Emergency Services (EMS) squad and the EMS/AMS Skymed rescue helicopter.

“On arrival at the scene, a search commenced for the man missing in the surf,” said Alan Meiklejohn, station commander at NSRI Gordon’s Bay.

He said two teenagers, aged 17 and 19, had been swimming together when they were apparently caught in rip currents. The 17-year-old was able to get to shore, but his friend disappeared beneath the surf.

“The 17-year-old was found safe on shore and treated for hypothermia by the paramedics, but he did not require medical assistance,” Meiklejohn said.

Despite an extensive sea, air and shoreline search, there was still no sign of the missing teenager. Divers from the police’s diving unit also launched an ongoing search operation.

A spokesperson for Gordon’s Bay police confirmed the incident. “We will open an inquest docket once we recover the body,” the spokesperson said.

“The matter is under investigation and the family of the missing teenager is being supported by police trauma counsellors.”

Last week DistrictMail reported on a similar incident at the same spot (Man falls in sea at Dappat se Gat”, 28 February). The Zimbabwean national was apparently fell from the rocks and into the water while taking photographs along the scenic route.

The spokesperson said there is still no sign of the Lwandle resident, and the search ongoing.

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