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Cape Town - The search continues for a 68-year-old man from Parow who was swept out to sea off Hermanus on Sunday.

The man and his 43-year-old friend, who had been standing in front of the beach club next to the new harbour, were swept off the rocks by a large wave.

The younger man swam to safety.

National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) spokesman Craig Lambinon said: “They were taking photographs when both men were swept off the rocks and into the surf by a wave.

“The younger man, from Mitchells Plain, managed to get out of the water, but he has confirmed that his friend disappeared beneath the surf almost immediately and he has not been seen since.

“Police have not released the name of the missing man while efforts are being made to locate his family.”

The NSRI has appealed to people to take extreme caution.

“Big sea swells brought in by a series of cold fronts together with the full moon spring tide have resulted in dangerous sea conditions,” Lambinon said. “Extreme caution is advised, particularly for anglers fishing from shore, boaters, paddlers, bathers.”

Lambinon also urged people not to walk along harbour walls, where waves could sweep over them.

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