Police call off search: mystery of ‘child’s hand’ floating in Msunduzi river

2011-06-22 00:00

A PIETERMARITZBURG resident had a shock of his life when he saw what looked like a child’s hand float down the Msunduzi River and suddenly disappear under the surface yesterday morning.

A large contingent of police officers, which included the search-and-rescue squad, arrived at the scene and search unsuccessfully for the body.

They abandoned the search after about three hours.

Christopher Alistoun (43) said he is adamant that what he saw at about 8.45 am was a hand of a “white child”.

“I was not going to phone the police if I was not sure of what I saw.

“I’m definitely sure that I saw a white child’s hand. Maybe the body was washed away,” said Alistoun.

The Pelham resident, who is a security guard, said he was walking across the Msunduzi bridge on Chief Albert Luthuli Road when he caught sight of the hand.

He said two other people who were walking with him also saw the hand.

“As we were watching in shock the hand disappeared under water as if something was dragging it down. We stood there for a while before I ran across Commercial Road to phone for the police,” he said.

He said police arrived immediately, and he remained at the scene to point to where he had seen the hand.

The head of the search-and-rescue unit, Warrant Officer Ian Cowley, said the police found nothing.

“We decided to call off the search as we could not find anything.

“We only searched where this man said he saw the hand.

“As far as we can see there is no current, which is why don’t think a body was washed away,” said Cowley.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan confired that police had not found anything.

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