Drownings: two surfers among three missing

2011-01-17 00:00

TWO teenagers drowned at the weekend, while police and the NSRI were called to search for two men who disappeared after jumping from piers in Durban.

Yesterday the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) reported the drowning of 17-year-old boy at Salmon Bay in the Ballito area. His body had not been recovered by the time of going to press.

On Saturday afternoon, a 15-year-old drowned while swimming below Hazelmere dam. His body was later recovered by police divers.

One of the men who drowned at sea reportedly jumped with three others from the South Beach pier on Friday night. Surfers often use the pier to get behind the waves without battling through the surf. “Why the men jumped into the water at night will remain a subject for police investigation,” an NSRI statement said.

The other incident involves a 25-year-old surfer who went missing after jumping off the pier at Vetch’s beach. NSRI deputy station commander, Sean Serfontein said: “It is alleged that jumping off the pier was part of his surfing training, but it was not clear if he was conducting surfing training with a surf school or simply with friends.” He added that an extensive search on Friday and early Saturday morning was fruitless.

“NSRI Durban volunteers patrolled the beach and the police search and rescue teams are continuing with an ongoing search,” he said.

The missing man’s identity is not known.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said police are still searching for the missing men. — Witness Reporter.

 

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