A German tourist is feared drowned after going missing in surf at St Francis Bay yesterday.
The National Sea Rescue Institute’s St Francis Bay station commander‚ Sarah Smith‚ said their crew had been activated at 1.30pm after reports of a drowning in progress at Ducks Beach‚ near the Cape St Francis Resort.
NSRI rescue swimmers were dispatched and the sea rescue craft Spirit of St Francis II was launched.
“On arrival on the scene‚ we joined staff of the Cape St Francis Resort‚ bystanders and surfers searching in the water for a 58-year-old German tourist missing in the surf after being swept out to sea by strong rip currents‚” Smith said.
“It appears that a group of tourists from a tour group had gone into the surf, where some were wading in shallow water, but one man had gone in deeper where‚ according to eyewitnesses‚ he was swept out to sea.”
The search will continue.