Johannesburg - Members of Motherwell Rugby Club and their families are in the thoughts and prayers of the South African Rugby Union (SARU), Oregan Hoskins, the president of SARU said on Sunday.
A number of the club's players were involved in a sea rescue incident in Port Elizabeth on Sunday which has claimed at least one life and left another five people missing.
Rip-currents swept 21 people, many of them Eastern Cape rugby players, to sea at Port Elizabeth's Blue Water Bay Beach, the NSRI Port Elizabeth said on Sunday.
Ian Gray, NSRI Port Elizabeth station commander, said that most of those swept out to sea were believed to be members of the local Motherwell Rugby Club.
"I have spoken to the president of Eastern Province Kings rugby union and members of the community today and this is a devastating tragedy," Hoskins said.
"These young men were preparing to compete in a SARU Easter Tournament in Cape Town in a fortnight and were enjoying a carefree day on the beach with their team-mates.
"To have their afternoon turned into a day of tragedy is shocking for the whole rugby community and our thoughts and prayers go out to their families."