NSRI Station 6 Port Elizabeth were activated following reports the three men were in difficulty in currents at Sundays River Mouth late yesterday (Sunday 17 February). Apparently a group of around 20 men had been swimming across the river mouth when three of the swimmers got into difficulties.
Blue Water Bay Surf Lifesaving Club were in the vicinity with a rescue rubber duck and responded immediately whilst NSRI launched Spirit of Surf-Ski 4 on the river after towing it to the scene. Coastal Water Rescue, the SA Police Services, a Police Dive Unit, NMB Beach Managers Office and EC Government Health EMS were also activated and arrived at the river mouth to assist.
On arrival two of the men had been assisted to safety but a local 35-year old man was missing, An extensive search but no sign of the man was found. The search was suspended in failing light and police divers will continue the search this morning.