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USA UK and Malta News
28/07/2008 - 20:39

UK Breaking News 28 july 2008

A British expedition leader has been swept out to sea off South Africa after diving into the shark-infested water to help a group of schoolchildren in difficulty.



Briton swept out to sea feared dead

A British expedition leader has been swept out to sea off South Africa after diving into the shark-infested water to help a group of schoolchildren in difficulty.

Sean Foxcroft, 24, from Manchester, was leading a team of 15 students aged between 16 and 18 on a four-week World Challenge trip.

A search was launched for the missing man but the South African authorities said he was "presumed to have drowned".

Mr Foxcroft was supervising the teenagers as they played rugby with another World Challenge group on the beach at St Lucia, north of Durban on South Africa's east coast.

Some of the students went into the shallow surf to cool off, but strong undercurrents dragged them out of their depth and they began to struggle.

Along with another expedition leader, Mr Foxcroft went into the water to help them but he was overwhelmed by the waves and carried out to sea.

The South African authorities launched a major sea, air and land search but failed to find him.

A spokesman for South Africa's National Sea Rescue Institute said: "Shore patrols conducted during the night have revealed no signs of the missing man, who is presumed to have drowned."

World Challenge said the rescue mission was still ongoing. No-one else was hurt in the incident, World Challenge head of communications Chris Gallant said.

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