Robert van Helsdingen, NSRI Wilderness station commander, said:
At 16h27, Saturday, 03rd December, NSRI Wilderness duty crew were activated by the Police and by WC Government Health EMS who were on the scene at Kleinkrantz where a 17 year old male had reportedly gone missing in the surf after being swept out to sea by rip-currents while swimming.
The sea rescue craft Clemengold Rescuer was launched and the EMS/AMS Skymed rescue helicopter joined in the search.
It appears that the teenager, from George, was at the beach with his sister when rip-currents swept him out to sea while he was swimming. A bystander went into the surf to try to assist but according to reports he was not able to reach the teenager who had then disappeared under water.
Despite an extensive sea, air and shoreline search no sign of the teenager has been found and a Police Dive Unit will continue with an ongoing search operation.
Police have opened an investigation and are assisting family of the missing man.
On Friday, 02 December, at 09h58, NSRI medics assisted an 87 year old female at Market Square in Plettenberg Bay after the lady tripped and fell over.
NSRI crew treated the lady for minor cuts and bruises and transported her home safely.
On Sunday, 04 December, NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Leonard Smith following reports of a suspected blow up dinghy swept off the beach at Natures Valley and reportedly now a few nautical miles off-shore of Natures Valley.
On arrival on the scene the craft was found to be the local deep sea fishing craft Snoopy and they were quite alarmed that NSRI had been activated to them since they were just fishing and it appears that there may have been some confusion at the beach as to what had happened and NSRI Plettenberg Bay declared the call-out a false alarm with good intentions.