Man’s body retrieved at Oribi Gorge

2016-05-12 06:00
PHOTO: supplied At the operation (from left) Warrant Officer Marc Wiid, Warrant Officer Gabriel Nel, Warrant Officer Francois Pretorius and Travis Trower.

PHOTO: supplied At the operation (from left) Warrant Officer Marc Wiid, Warrant Officer Gabriel Nel, Warrant Officer Francois Pretorius and Travis Trower.

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POLICE recovered the body of a missing 20-year-old man, a biker, who disappeared last week.

Dylan Flowerday’s body, which took nine hours to recover, was found at the Oribi Gorge on Saturday.

“Members from Port Shepstone SAPS Search and Rescue Unit had to rig certain hi-tech equipment with the assistance from experts from the private sector to be able to descend more than 400 metres to reach the body,” said police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid.

Warrant Officer Marc Wiid and Warrant Officer Gabriel Nel were lowered with ropes down the sheer cliff by Warrant Officer Francois Pretorius, Travis Trower, Charlie McClung and Vikki Pretorius.

Both Trower and McClung are experts in this field.

“Vikki Pretorius is a paramedic who assisted and who was on standby in case of an emergency. During the descend, Wiid and Nel had to cut open a path through dense vegetation in order to reach the body,” she added.

Rain towards the end of the operation made it very dangerous to retrieve the body.

“The two members then had to walk for almost a kilometre to reach the helicopter of the SAPS Airwing and were then airlifted.”

Police started a search on Friday afternoon when they were informed that a motorcycle and some personal items were found at a viewing site in the gorge. Official identification by relatives­ will be done this week. An inquest docket was opened at Paddock police station. - Supplied.

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