Local man dies after canoe race

2009-11-18 00:00

A LOCAL man who was a member of the Ngwenya Canoe Club died of a heart attack after abandoning a canoe race on Sunday.

Marius Wiid (48) took part in the Point to Deep Tank 28 km marathon. He was canoeing with his son Sibert, but long before reaching the finishing line at the Inanda Dam, he complained that he was not feeling well.

Club chairman Tony Krause said paramedics examined him and could not find anything serious.

On his way home he suffered a heart attack and was taken to Entabeni Hospital.

Krause said Wiid was attended to, but hospital staff could not revive him. “He passed away at the hospital after attempts to revive him.

“This is a great loss for the club and community at large. Our hearts are with his family.”

Krause said Wiid was the founder member of the club in 2003. He served as vice chairman and later as captain.

He had retired from the latter post but still remained a member of the club.

His mother-in-law, Sue du Toit, said Wiid will be cremated in Durban, but the church service will be held at a Dutch Reformed Church in Pietermaritzburg. The dates for the cremation and funeral are yet to be confirmed.

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