Grisly find on beach at Southport

2010-10-19 00:00

WHAT residents saw while walking on Southport beach on Thursday morning will probably haunt them for the rest of their lives — a semi-skeletal body lying face down on the water’s edge after the waves had churned it out.

Only the corpse’s feet were recognisable. Every other part of the man’s body had been exposed to predators in the sea.

The thigh and arm bones were intact but without flesh, while the ribcage gaped through the half-eaten torso. The remaining flesh was white and hairless.

Postmortem results, which were carried out yesterday, may reveal the man’s identity.

However, it is widely believed that the body may be that of a man who went missing while swimming in the Port Shepstone tidal pool last Monday.

Searches were mounted, but the body was not found. The man was swimming with friends and relatives when he was pulled out into the ocean by a wave.

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