Spring tide hits hard

2011-02-21 00:00

THIS weekend’s spring tide wreaked havoc on the South Coast, causing extensive damage to property on Shelly beach and yet another drowning in the Uvongo lagoon.

At around 4.20 pm yesterday two men, reportedly from Johannesburg, decided to attempt to swim from one end of the lagoon to the other. One of the men made it across, while the other disappeared underneath the water after onlookers saw him struggling to stay afloat. Due to the spring tide, the water in the lagoon was extremely difficult to handle and had waves breaking in it, said the National Sea Rescue Institute’s (NSRI) Craig Lambinon.

Members of the police search and rescue dive squad, the NSRI and Tower 13 Lifeguards all attended the scene, but were unable to recover the 29-year-old man’s body by the end of the day. The search will resume at daybreak today.

“The seas are extremely rough at the moment,” confirmed Lambinon.

He said that the spring tide was also responsible for the damage to property and land further north in Shelly Beach.

Phyllis Levinsohn, on holiday from Durban with her family from Canada, watched as the water levels outside the house she was staying in rose throughout the course of the weekend.

By yesterday, the spring tide had caused an entire staircase to the beach and sand around five metres deep to be washed out to sea.

“Even now the waves are crashing right up against the side of the property,” said Levinsohn. “It’s like being on a cliff out there.”

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