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16 November 2011

NSRI Port Alfred: Man missing at East Beach

PORT ALFRED Tuesday 15th November 2011. Man missing presumed drowned:
At 06h33 Port Alfred volunteer duty crew were called out following reports of a drowning in progress at East Beach.
The duty crew launched the rescue boat Arthur Scales and NSRI rescue swimmers were dispatched directly to the beach. The Ndlambe Fire and Rescue Service, Ndlambe Traffic Services and the SA Police Services also responded.
On arrival a full-scale search commenced for a 20 year old local man who was reportedly swept off his feet by a wave and disappeared.
No sign of the man has been found and he is now presumed to have drowned. Police and a Police dive unit have taken over the search. NSRI Port Alfred remain on stand-by to assist if necessary.

The man is a local from the area. Police have opened an inquest docket.