Search canceled due to missing KZN teenager

Durban – The first day of the third semester, the school holiday began in a tragic way for a family from the north of KwaZulu-Natal after their 16-year-old family member had been swept to the sea this afternoon. The search, which started just after 5 pm, was canceled due to bad lighting.

IPSS Medical Rescue spokesman, Paul Herbst, said the boy from Gledhow, near Stanger, was swimming at about 5 p.m. when he was wiped off the coast.

He swam on the beach of Blythedale on the north coast of KwaZulu-Natal.

He said an out-of-service policeman saw the young man being swept away and contacting IPSS Medical Rescue and KwaDukuza Fire and Rescue services.

"The IPSS water rescue department responded with KDM rescuers on the beach and started an extensive search, with the search being suspended with negative results due to poor lighting," said Herbst.

He said that lifeguards had already closed the beach and that the necessary warning flags were shown.

"Always follow warning flags and guidelines and the search will resume at the first light," said Herbst.

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