NSRI STATION 21 - St Francis Bay

SA Air Force 28 Squadron C-130 aircraft joins search off Paradise Beach

NSRI Jeffreys Bay duty crew were activated early yesterday morning following an eyewitness report of a person appearing to be in difficulty in the surf off-shore of the lagoon at Paradise Beach before disappearing beneath the surf.

The sea rescue craft Discovery Rescue Runner 12 and Eddie Beaumont II were launched and a sea search was initiated.

A sea rescue vehicle and Paradise Beach Neighbourhood Watch assisted in a shore search.

St Francis residents yesterday would have seen and heard the SA Air Force 28 Squadron C-130 aircraft that was flying over St Francis Bay on a sea rescue exercise. The plane was diverted and assisted in an aerial search and flew an extensive search pattern.

The SA Police Services and Kouga Fire and Rescue Services were placed on alert.

Despite an extensive search no sign of a person has been located and there have been no reports of anyone missing or overdue.

After all efforts were exhausted a formal search has been suspended pending any new information and the SA Police Services will monitor for any missing persons reports.

The credible eye-witness is commended for his assistance on the scene.

SA Air Force C-130

Press Release NSRI