Drowned PMB pupil: search continues

2009-10-20 00:00

THERE is still no sign of the body of a Pietermaritzburg matric pupil who drowned at Durban’s South Beach during the weekend.

The family of 18-year-old Nkosinathi Khumalo are waiting to hear whether his body has been found as police continue their search today.

Khumalo and classmates from Longside Combined School in Elandskop were swimming on Saturday morning when disaster struck.

The group of 20 pupils arrived in Durban on Friday night and woke up early on Saturday morning for a swim.

They had planned to spend the day relaxing after their matric dance the night before.

Maths and science teacher Thulani Hlatshwayo said Khumalo and a group of boys went for a swim around 7 am and were excited about being at the beach.

He said Khumalo was in “high spirits” as he had only been to the beach a few times before.

“The boys were playing in the water when they saw Nkosinathi slip under the water. They tried to help him, but he was in too deep,” he said.

Hlatshwayo said one of the boys ran to get help, but it was too late.

Hlatshwayo described Khumalo as a disciplined young man who excelled at all his subjects.

“We are all battling to come to terms with his death. His friends are devastated and will receive trauma counselling. We are praying that his body is found soon so it can be returned to his family,” said Hlatshwayo.

A massive effort by the National Sea Rescue Institute Durban’s volunteer duty and the police Search and Rescue team began shortly after the drowning. A rescue craft was dispatched along with an NSRI swim search team.

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