On Monday, a 12-year-old boy who happens to be a student drowned at Glen Eden Beach, East London while swimming with a school group.

National Sea Rescue Institute spokesperson Craig Lambinon said rescue volunteers launched on a rescue boat and rushed to the beach after the boy was swept out to sea by a rip current.

A sea, shore and air search was launched.

The children were on a school excursion from a King William’s Town junior school.

Rescuers in a helicopter found the boy’s body. A boat was used to take him back to the beach, where paramedics declared him dead.

Lambinon said he was part of a group of about 20 pupils visiting the beach accompanied by teachers.