GARDEN ROUTE NEWS - At 17:15, Friday, 26 October, NSRI Wilderness duty crew were activated following reports of a drowning in progress at Wilderness Main Beach.
On arrival on the scene we found local surfer Phillip Crankshaw had rescued an adult male British tourist from the surf after he had been caught in rip currents while swimming.
The casualty was transported to hospital by ER24 ambulance in a stable condition as a precaution for treatment and observations for non-fatal drowning symptoms.
At 11:45, Saturday, 27 October, NSRI Wilderness duty crew and WC Government Health EMS rescue were activated following reports of a drowning in progress at Lientjies Klip, Wilderness Beach.
The sea rescue craft Clemengold Rescuer was launched and an NSRI rescue vehicle, Metro Rescue vehicle and the SA Police Services responded.
On arrival on the scene a search commenced for a 26 year old Oudtshoorn man, on a day trip to the coast with family and friends, who had gone missing in the surf while swimming.
Despite an extensive sea and shoreline search no sign of the missing man has been found and a Police Dive Unit are continuing in an ongoing search operation.
Thoughts are with the family and friends of the missing man in this difficult time.
Police have opened an investigation.
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