Winds hamper search for Mile swimmer

2015-02-10 00:00

THE search for missing Midmar Mile swimmer Tristan Dennis continued yesterday when strong wind and ­choppy waters hampered the efforts of the police ­search-and-rescue unit.

A police source, who could not be named, said the search was “difficult, but we are trying our absolute best”.

Dennis family spokesperson Justin Mcgarry, the ­missing man’s brother-in-law, said the family were ­extremely emotional and just looking for closure.

“We don’t have any closure and it has left us in total limbo.

“We are all still holding on to hope that there may still be a chance [that Dennis is alive], but that is not the reality.”

Mcgarry said Dennis’s brother Tarquin was especially emotional and had a photo album of his missing brother that he had looked at several times since his ­disappearance on Saturday.

Mcgarry said Tarquin went to Dennis’s house on Saturday evening and broke down when he found a bottle of champagne and a glass on the dining room table, all ready to celebrate his planned completion of the Midmar Mile.

“He had such tenacity, he was a go-getter and had big goals. He lived for the challenge.

“We really hope today is the day they find his body. I don’t know if we can go through another night without knowing where he is,” said Mcgarry.

He was thankful for the way the police, the K9 ­search and rescue unit, SA Navy and the organisers of the Midmar Mile had handled the situation and dealt with the family.

“They have kept us posted on everything and offered us counselling. They have made this terrible situation a little easier to deal with,” he said.

Dennis’s parents spent a third day at the dam, watching police search for their son.

Midmar Mile spokesperson Brad Glasspoole said they were with the family every step of the search and would continue to keep them updated if waiting at the dam proved too emotional.


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