3 people swept out to sea

TWO people were swept out to sea while conducting a baptism ritual on a Wilderness beach, the National Sea Rescue Institute said on Sunday.

TWO people were swept out to sea while conducting a baptism ritual on a Wilderness beach, the National Sea Rescue Institute said on Sunday.

The incident unfolded 100m from where a 35-year-old fisherman was swept off the rocks and into the sea a few hours earlier.

"At 8.54am on Saturday NSRI Wilderness, the SA Police Services and Metro Ambulance and Rescue Services were activated after a reported drowning in progress 3km West of Ballots Bay," NSRI Wilderness station commander Hennie Niehaus said in a statement.

Despite an extensive search the fisherman could not be found.

The NSRI was called back at 5.30pm after reports that a 56-year-old woman sangoma and a man had both been swept out to sea while conducting a ritual, Niehaus said.

"An extensive search has revealed no sign of the pair. Both are missing and are presumed to have drowned."

The NSRI and a police dive unit were continuing their search for the three. - Sapa

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