Johannesburg – A 23-year-old man drowned at Blue Water Bay in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said.
About 50 people from the Vista Rus home for children were apparently swimming when five of them were swept out to sea by rip currents, said NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon.
Three of them were rescued.
Lifeguards on a jet ski found a 23-year-old man face down in the surf. He could not be resuscitated and was declared dead.
“The 16-year-old male remains missing and the scene has been handed into the care of the police dive unit,” said Lambinon.
He said a five-year-old boy drowned in a tidal pool at Buffels Bay.
The child apparently went to swim after eating lunch with his family and was found lying face down in the pool by members of the public. Paramedics unsuccessfully tried to resuscitate him.
Lambinon said a 43-year-old woman also drowned at the Kalk Bay harbour.
In KwaZulu-Natal, a 22-year-old man was missing at sea and was presumed to have drowned, said paramedics.
He went missing on Wednesday afternoon at Isipingo Beach, on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast, said Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha.
He said the man and some friends were swimming when they were caught in a rip current and pulled out to sea.
Lifeguards pulled one man out of the water, but the other disappeared below the surface.