Old video causes undue panic

2019-11-26 06:01

Officials have urged residents not to panic, following a viral video currently being shared across social media platforms.

The video depicting the skeletal remains of a decomposed body washed up on the beach between Strandfontein Pavillion and Sunrise Beach has been confirmed as an old video. The incident had in fact taken place between the end of 2018 and the beginning of 2019.

The circumstances surrounding the case are unknown at this stage.

Sandy Schuter-Flowers, Strandfontein Community Policing Forum (CPF) chair, says had the body washed up in Strandfontein, her office would be aware of it. She says officials also checked to verify that a body had not washed up.

She further urges residents to confirm information before sharing it on social media.

“People must verify information before they share things because it causes unnecessary panic,” says Schuter-Flowers.

“When I share something, I always add the date, my name and contact details so that the information can be verified.”

While the incident depicted on the video has been confirmed as an old case, police further up the coastline have opened an inquest docket following the new discovery of a body.

This is unrelated to the video.

Western Cape police spokesperson, Capt FC Van Wyk confirms to People’s Post that Ocean View police are investigating, after a body washed up on the beach on Tuesday 19 November.

“At 10:20 Ocean View police officers attended to a complaint of a passer-by who was walking the dogs and found a body along the shore between Misty Cliffs, Scarborough and Witsands, Soetwater, Ocean View,” says Van Wyk.

“On arrival at the scene, they found the passer-by who showed them where the body was laying. The body was dressed in a black wetsuit with flippers and was in an advanced state of decomposing. The body was that of a man – age and race unknown.”

The body was certified by Cape Medical Response and removed to a nearby mortuary.

An inquest case has been opened for investigation.

Officials have urged residents not to panic, following a viral video currently being shared across social media platforms.

The video depicting the skeletal remains of a decomposed body washed up on the beach between Strandfontein Pavillion and Sunrise Beach has been confirmed as an old video. The incident had in fact taken place between the end of 2018 and the beginning of 2019.

The circumstances surrounding the case are unknown at this stage.

Sandy Schuter-Flowers, Strandfontein Community Policing Forum (CPF) chair, says had the body washed up in Strandfontein, her office would be aware of it. She says officials also checked to verify that a body had not washed up.

She further urges residents to confirm information before sharing it on social media.

“People must verify information before they share things because it causes unnecessary panic,” says Schuter-Flowers.

“When I share something, I always add the date, my name and contact details so that the information can be verified.”

While the incident depicted on the video has been confirmed as an old case, police further up the coastline have opened an inquest docket following the new discovery of a body.

This is unrelated to the video.

Western Cape police spokesperson, Capt FC Van Wyk confirms to People’s Post that Ocean View police are investigating, after a body washed up on the beach on Tuesday 19 November.

“At 10:20 Ocean View police officers attended to a complaint of a passer-by who was walking the dogs and found a body along the shore between Misty Cliffs, Scarborough and Witsands, Soetwater, Ocean View,” says Van Wyk.

“On arrival at the scene, they found the passer-by who showed them where the body was laying. The body was dressed in a black wetsuit with flippers and was in an advanced state of decomposing. The body was that of a man – age and race unknown.”

The body was certified by Cape Medical Response and removed to a nearby mortuary.

An inquest case has been opened for investigation.

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