Body of rugby player found

2012-03-29 20:23

Johannesburg - The body of one of the five missing rugby players swept out to sea in Port Elizabeth was found at the Ngqura Harbour, Eastern Cape police said.

"We have had a discovery of one of the missing people today at the Ngqura Harbour at 11:30," Captain Andre Beetge said.

"The person was positively identified by the family. His name is Anelisa Mbuzeli, aged 21."

The Motherwell rugby football club members went missing in the bay on Sunday, after being swept out to sea by rip currents.

Lifeguards rescued 15 people in total.

A member of the rugby team was taken back to shore, but died on the scene. The team had apparently taken to the water to cool down after a rugby practice.

Beegte said police would use the harbour area as a point of reference to find the remaining four.

"We are quite positive that we will be finding the others soon."

On Tuesday, police reportedly told relatives of the missing rugby players to accept that their relatives were dead.

"You must accept that they are no longer alive and be prepared for what may happen," Beeld quoted Captain Anton Groenewald, from the Swartkops police station, at a counselling session with local residents.

"It can be weeks before the bodies wash up, and it is possible that they may never emerge," he said.

Counsellors and social workers were sent to help the relatives and the victims' fellow players.

  • Nyathi - 2012-03-29 21:16

    I advise those who are responsible for the search that they must go down the cost coz I be leave that the bodies are lying outside the sea waters maybe by col chester cost.

      Bernie - 2012-03-29 23:58

      I'm not saying I agree or disagree with Nyathi I think everywhere must be check and been search. The searching team is doing and trying. Thank Lord for the body they found today.I will not stop praying believing and hoping for the rest of them. Goodluck and deepest symphaty to the families we as nation and community is praying for you

      Thandekile Pokolo - 2012-03-30 06:55

      oh come down god to help the lifesaver to find all the body plz

  • Bongiwe Bongie Mabongz Dlutu - 2012-03-30 05:46

    This story is very touching, may their souls rest in peace, and God must help the rescuers to find the bodies, the families will @ least be happy to burry their loved ones than not knowing where they are...lets all unite and pray. We know through God everything is possible. And people lets all be warned that swimming in the beach while tired/ ''after hard-work'' is very dangerous. Oh people,nature is killing us...lets pray and take care.

  • John - 2012-03-30 07:06

    followed this story and wow... People need to be made aware of how dangerous the ocean really is. I had to save a random kid at Swartvlei once because the current was taking him out to the deep dark ocean. Luckily it wasn't too strong otherwise I'd have been swept off too! No matter how fit you are, you won't beat the current on a bad day! my condolences to those who lost family members in this tragedy.

  • Maiphepi - 2012-03-30 13:32

    May the Great Lord continue to help them in discovering the other bodies.

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