Busy week for Sheppie Search & Rescue

2017-11-30 06:00

THE Port Shepstone Search and Rescue Unit members were called out to a number of scenes this past week.

On October 31 they assisted with the search for an exhibit, which was later retrieved from a dam in the Sawoti­ area.

A small safe, which was stolen during a housebreaking in Highflats, was thrown into the dam by the suspect, who was later arrested.

On November 16 they assisted at an accident scene in Ixopo where the driver of a Corsa bakkie, a 52-year-old female, lost control of the vehicle and drove off the bridge into the water.

The community retrieved the body of the female and Search and Rescue members searched the area for more possible victims, but none were found.

A culpable homicide case is being investigated.

On November 19 they were called to a scene in Paddock where the body of a 25-year-old man was dumped into a bushy area after he was allegedly assaulted and killed.

The community and Search and Rescue members searched the area and the body was found with multiple wounds.

A murder docket is being investigated by Paddock SAPS and four males were arrested. They will appear in court soon.

The same day, the members responded to a call at the Port Shepstone tidal pool where a 18-year-old female allegedly drowned. The body was washed up against the side by the water and Search and Rescue members, paramedics and lifesavers from Tower 13 took her out. An inquest is being investigated at Port Shepstone SAPS.

On Monday November 20 at 12.30pm they were called to yet another drowning scene at Umtwalume main beach. It is alleged that a 17-year-old boy was swimming in the water with others in the river mouth, when strong currents swept him out to sea.

A search was conducted, but without any success. A missing persons report has been opened at Hibberdene Police Station.

“Police warn beach-goers to swim in areas demarcated by the lifeguards. Do not consume alcohol and get into the water.

Parents must at all times be aware of their children at the beach and in the water, especially during this busy festive period,” said Port Shepstone SAPS spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid. - Supplied.

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