Garth Dominy, NSRI Wilderness station commander, said: At 15h11, Saturday, 17 October, NSRI Wilderness duty crew were activated following reports of a drowning in progress at Gwaing River Mouth, near to George.
Two sea rescue craft, Oscars Rescuer and Rescue 23 Alpha, were towed and launched and NSRI rescue swimmers, WC Government Health EMS, George Fire and Rescue Services and the SA Police Services responded.
On arrival on the scene a search commenced for a 33 year old local man who had disappeared under water reportedly while swimming.
It appears that while a group of people were enjoying a day at the beach one member of the group got into difficulty when he was caught in rip currents during a receding tide.
NSRI rescue swimmers were deployed into the water to conduct sweeping line free dive search efforts while a surface water and shoreline search progressed.
A Police Dive Unit was activated.
During the search NSRI rescue swimmers located the body of the man under water and the body was recovered to the shore.
Sadly paramedics declared the man deceased.
The body of the man has been taken into the care of Police and WC Government Health Forensic Pathology Services.
Police have opened an inquest docket.
Condolences are conveyed to the family of the deceased man.
NSRI are appealing to the public to have a safety conscious mind set around water and to be aware of rip currents around the coast particularly the stronger than normal rip currents that occur during a tide receding between high and low tide.