The body of one of the five missing rugby players swept out to sea off Port Elizabeth has been found at Ngqura Harbour.

“We have had a discovery of one of the missing people today at Ngqura Harbour at 11.30am,” Captain Andre Beetge of the Eastern Cape police said.

“The person was positively identified by the family. His name is Anelisa Mbuzeli, 21.”

The Motherwell Rugby Football Club members went missing in the bay on Sunday, after being swept out to sea by rip currents. Lifeguards rescued 15 people in total.

A member of the rugby team was taken back to shore, but died on the scene. The team had apparently taken to the water to cool down after a practice session.

Beetge said the police would use the harbour area as a point of reference to find the remaining four.

“We are quite positive we will be finding the others soon.”

On Tuesday, police reportedly told relatives of the missing rugby players to accept that their loved ones were dead.

Counsellors and social workers were sent to help the victims’ families and fellow players. – Sapa