Cape Town – A family that made use of a free MyCiti Bus ride offer to the beach has lost a 10-year-old child and it is believed that this child was caught in rip currents at the beach on Sunday.
Online Sources reported that the family is believed to be from Atlantis in Cape Town.
MyCiti announced that commuters can ride for free on Sunday in Cape Town. MyCiti announced that there will be a free on all their routes as part of an initiative to promote the use of public transport.
According to a statement released by the National Sea Rescue Institue (NSRI) this family is currently being assisted by trauma counsellors.
The NSRI spokesperson, Craig Lambinon said “on arrival on the scene a search commenced for a … child who had disappeared in the surf after appearing to be caught in rip currents.
“Despite an extensive search sadly no sign of the child has been found and a Police Dive Unit will continue with an ongoing search operation.”
NSRI will approach the MyCiti Bus authorities to request them to alert sea rescue and lifesaving when free services are being offered to the public in order to enable us to be prepared for a public influx of bathers.”
It is believed that this family is one of the families who took the free ride, because on Sunday other sea rescue stations around the Cape Peninsula had also reported a noticeable unusual increased number of public on beaches.