British Surfer Goes Missing Off Coast Of South Africa

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JOHANNESBURG (AFP) — A 24-year-old British national is missing presumed drowned after getting into difficulties while surfing off South Africa’s east coast, the National Sea Rescue Institute said on Monday.

Sean Michael Foxcroft from Manchester, England, was an expedition leader for a group taking part in a World Challenge Expedition, institute spokesman Craig Lambinon said in a new statement, naming the man.

He got into difficulties at the main beach in St Lucia, 40 nautical miles (75 kilometres) north of Richards Bay on the east coast.

“It appears that the man went missing in the surf while assisting a fellow expedition leader to rescue a group of their learners who had gotten into difficulty in shallow surf,” Lambinon said.

“The other expedition leader and the youngsters all made it safely out of the water.

“An-ongoing search has revealed no sign of the victim,” the institute said in the new statement.