The Wilderness duty crew were called out following reports of a drowning in progress at 16h15 on Sunday 01 April, when 2 South Korean citizens were swept out to sea at Sedgefield’s Myoli Beach.
A sea rescue craft, NSRI crew in rescue vehicles, ER-24 Ambulance Services, a METRO ambulance, the EMS rescue helicopter and the SA Police Force responded to the scene.
On arrival 1 of the casualties, a 30 year old man, had been rescued from the surf by local Michael Watson, was treated for near drowning symptoms and transported to hospital by ambulance in a serious but stable condition. His companion, a 22 year old man, remains missing and he is feared to have drowned.
By last light an extensive air, sea and shore search had revealed no sign of the missing man and a Police Dive unit will continue a search from first light.
Both men were swimming in very calm sea conditions when they were swept out to sea by a rip-current according to Garth Dominy, NSRI Wilderness duty coxswain.
Both men have been in South Africa on a training course, for the past three months, and were holidaying with their partners at a local back-packers lodge.
The South Korean Consulate assisted NSRI with language interpretation.
Police have opened an inquest docket.