Rough sea conditions have hampered the search for a seven-year-old girl who was swept off the rocks at Betty's Bay.

Cape Town - A seven-year-old girl is still missing after being swept of rocks in rough sea conditions at Betty's Bay, east of Cape Town on Friday afternoon, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said.
NSRI Hermanus duty crew were activated just after 4.30pm on Friday following reports of a seven-year-old girl being swept off rocks by waves on the coastline at Betty's Bay, NSRI Hermanus station commander Deon Langenhoven said.

Overberg fire and rescue services and the Western Cape government health emergency medical services (EMS) ambulance and rescue squad also responded.

Despite an extensive sea and shoreline search the missing child had not been found by late Saturday and only items of clothing belonging to the girl have been recovered from the water, Langenhoven said.

Rough sea conditions have hampered the search operation. 

Langenhoven said the Police Dive Unit would continue in an ongoing search and recovery operation and police have opened an investigation into the incident.

The missing child was with her mom when the incident happened.

The family from Claremont in Cape Town were believed to be on a weekend getaway at Betty's Bay. They were receiving assistance and are being supported by their family and friends, Langenhoven said.

African News Agency and IOL