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.


Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.