Johannesburg - Nine scuba divers who went missing off Shelly Beach in KwaZulu-Natal on Sunday have been found safe floating in the ocean, the National Sea Rescue Institute said.

“A medical triage centre has been set up at the NSRI Shelly Beach rescue base in order for medical personnel to triage for casualties, but NSRI can confirm that all nine divers are safe,” spokesperson Craig Lambinon said in a statement.

They had been missing for about three hours at the diving spot, about 130km south of Durban, and were found shortly after noon.

A charter boat, from which the nine had been diving, lost sight of the group in rough seas on Sunday morning.

Three NSRI rescue craft, two helicopters, the police, and owners of private boats took part in the search. - Sapa