The search for two people presumed to have drowned at Mnandi Beach on the False Bay coast resumes today.
The pair went missing in the surf on Monday.
Western Cape police spokesperson Captain FC Van Wyk said their diving unit had been called to the scene, but the ocean had not been conducive to dive at the time.
FC Van Wyk hopes the sea is stable today, so that the search for the missing can proceed, however, members are conducting shore patrols in the vicinity of Mnandi Beach,False Bay.
On Monday, the National Sea Rescue Institute‘s Strandfontein duty crew launched their craft and dispatched rescue swimmers, while provincial health emergency medical services and their rescue squad was also dispatched to search for the missing swimmers.
A rescue helicopter, members of the City of Cape Town’s fire and rescue services, law enforcement marine officers and lifeguards had also been part of the operation.
NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon said the 25 year old man was believed to be visiting from Port Elizabeth, while the 17 year old teenager was from Delft.
They had been reported to have been in difficulty in the surf, before disappearing in the surf-line, he confirmed.
A man who was reportedly with both of these males while they were swimming had also been in difficulty. He had managed to get out of the surf and was not injured.
An extensive sea, air and shoreline search followed, but no sign of the missing man and boy was found, Lambinon said.
Missing persons reports have been registered at the Mitchells Plain police station for further investigation, Van Wyk said.
According to the Stats SA Mortality and Cause of death report, drownings made up 4.1% (1 411 cases) of deaths due to external causes of accidental injury in 2016.