Man drowns in Tugela River

2019-10-09 06:01
photo: supplied Residents gathered on the bank of the river while search and rescue teams tried to remove body of drowned man from Tugela River.

photo: supplied Residents gathered on the bank of the river while search and rescue teams tried to remove body of drowned man from Tugela River.

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A 20-YEAR-OLD man died after he drowned in Tugela River in Kranskop near Greytown recently. According to a report from Umhlali K9 unit, the man was trying to cross the river when he fell and drowned on September 29.

The SAPS search and rescue was called to search for his body. Police from Umhlali K9, Durban, Pietermaritzburg and the Metro Police joined the search.

Family members and residents held a prayer on the bank of the river while search and rescue teams were searching for the missing man.

After a long search, the body was retrieved after two days with the help of sniffer dogs.

Sergeant Clinton Odayar from Umhlali K9 unit told the Gazette: “The search started on Sunday evening, but due to the poor visibility it was called off. The teams resumed searching for the body the next day. We joined in as Umhlali K9 unit. Our dog [Dante] gave an indication that the body was still under water. The body was later found about 10 kilometres away from the spot where the man drowned. The operation took about four hours on Monday, September 30.”

Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Sergeant Mthokozisi Ngobese said an inquest docket was opened for investigation.

“The man was trying to cross the river when he got into difficulty and drowned,” Ngobese said.

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