JOHANNESBURG -- South African police say the missing bodies of five rugby players who drowned when they went to cool down following a practice session on a beach have been recovered.

The South African Press Association reports that Eastern Cape police say the final body was found on Saturday close to a river mouth near the south-coast city of Port Elizabeth. Twenty-one people, many of them members of the Motherwell Rugby Club from a nearby impoverished township, were swept out to sea in strong currents off Port Elizabeth last Sunday.

Fifteen people were rescued by lifeguards, while a sixth man was found drowned on the same day.

According to SAPA, police say the first of the missing men's bodies was found on Thursday and three were recovered on Friday.