Two South African National Defence Force personnel missing at sea


Two South African National Defence (SANDF) members went missing at sea on 16 April at Second Beach in Port St Johns whilst off-duty.

The SANDF in a statement said that it is understood that the members were swimming, when sea conditions drastically changed and it was then that one member was swept away by the current. “Upon realising what was happening, two other members jumped in to try to rescue the member in distress at sea. However, the sea conditions escalated and the members were unsuccessful in their efforts to rescue the member in distress. As a result of the escalating bad sea conditions, the second was unable to reach shore,” the statement read.

The third member managed to swim back to shore and immediately reported the two members missing at sea.

A sea rescue was immediately launched by National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) and Police but the two missing members at sea could not be traced. The search and rescue missions are still continuing. The particulars of the members will be released once their families and relatives have been duly informed, the SANDF said.

It is believed the members were in Port St Johns for jungle warfare training ahead of being deployed to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as part of the United Nations peacekeeping mission there.