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Body of last PE rugby player found

2012-03-31 14:40

Johannesburg - The body of the last of five missing rugby players, who were swept out to sea in Port Elizabeth, was found near Sundays River Mouth on Saturday, Eastern Cape police said.

"Now all five of the missing have been accounted for and we have concluded the search," Captain Andre Beetge said.

The Motherwell Rugby Football Club members went missing in the bay last Sunday, after being swept out to sea by rip currents.

Lifeguards rescued 15 people in total.

A member of the rugby team was taken back to shore, but died on the scene. The team had apparently taken to the water to cool down after rugby practice.

On Friday afternoon three of the missing rugby players' bodies were found near the Ngqura Harbour.

The first of the five bodies was found at the harbour on Thursday, Beetge said.

Comments
  • IAnon - 2012-03-31 15:04

    At least they were all found - condolences to the families - and thank you NSRI.

  • bmntwaphi - 2012-03-31 16:17

    Bad scene, may their Soul rest in Peace.

  • ntombizandiled1 - 2012-03-31 20:25

    Rest in baby we ill alway remember u wth ur lovely sweet smile,n my lv for u will never,rest iin peace arthur peters

  • ntombizandiled1 - 2012-03-31 20:25

    Rest in baby we ill alway remember u wth ur lovely sweet smile,n my lv for u will never,rest iin peace arthur peters

  • Akhona Matwasa - 2012-03-31 21:40

    thankx God all the bodies r found...condolences 2 the families

  • bluzulu - 2012-04-01 06:51

    R.I.P

  • Jco - 2012-04-01 06:56

    All our condolences from Katikati, Bay of Plenty in New Zealand. Know that even we are in NZ we keep you in our thoughts!

  • Rashida - 2012-04-01 07:42

    I THANK GOD THAT THEY FOUND THERE BODIES.NOW THERE FAMILIES CAN GET CLOSURE AND LAY THEM TO REST.RIP GUYS

  • Rashida - 2012-04-01 07:45

    @ntombizandile sorry for your lost,be strong and you and the family are in our prayers

  • roger.pacey - 2012-04-01 12:35

    If you read Wikipedia on rip currents, you will see that there is no reason for them all to have drowned. Apparently, if you swim parallel to the beach instead of fighting the current, you can get free from it without exhausting yourself. The current doesn't drag you down; you drown if you exhaust yourself and can't keep your head above water.

      Dave - 2012-04-01 18:00

      That's correct, Roger. But the surf looked really rough in the video I saw and the temptation (obviously) is to try get back to shore. A real shame. Could have been avoided!!

      sduplessis - 2012-04-01 21:17

      Yes that is correct. but.... nobody that only "visit" will ever do that.... we actually use the rip to get to the back. but for somebody not used to the beach.... it will end bad.

  • fuzile.matoto - 2012-04-01 13:44

    Really tragic what happened to them, wishing closure for their families and friends. May they rest in peace.

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