Couple drown in freak accident

2012-02-05 17:22

Johannesburg - A man and woman walking in ankle-deep water on a beach near Port Shepstone drowned when the sand gave way and they were washed out to sea, the NSRI said on Sunday.

Witnesses said the water in which the man and woman were walking around noon on Saturday suddenly became deeper, as if the sand had given way underneath them, National Sea Rescue Institute station commander at Shelly Beach, Mark Harlen, said in a statement.

Neither could swim. Police and NSRI volunteers helped to find them.

A sea and air search eventually found the body of the woman in the sea, about 10m from the beach. The body of the 27-year-old man washed up on the shore during the search.

The couple are believed to be from the Eastern Cape and police are trying to locate their relatives. An inquest docket was opened.

  • ReunionofIntelligentMinds - 2012-02-05 17:51

    Shame, how tragic. Condolences to the families.

  • Lumko Ntshinka - 2012-02-05 18:13

    Woow! Seriously there should be a curriculumn or sumthing designed 2 teach us to simply accept and expect death @ any moment in time cause clearly it can be delivered to you in a billion ways, who wud've thought a simple walk in the beach would kill sum1...

      Lara - 2012-02-05 19:02

      And that most of the time you can't blame someone or sue them for negligence. You die and that's it.

      MWF - 2012-02-06 10:16

      There should be a curriculum to teach them how to swim!

      Peter - 2012-02-06 10:50

      What a stupid comment.Who would have thought living in SA would kill.....

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-02-05 18:58

    Terrible stuff...I think the sea has powers/dangers we cannot fathom

  • davieoosie - 2012-02-05 19:25

    Tragic story, condolences to the family. How does this happen, is it a normal occurrence? I don't live near the sea, but take my kids there once a year.

      Henning - 2012-02-06 08:47

      as you can see davie, it is a freak accident, not a normal occurence....

  • Michael Kleber - 2012-02-05 19:30

    If there is strong backwash and you are standing still in shallow water it washes the sand away around your feet which can cause you to over balance ,

  • richard.booysen - 2012-02-05 20:19

    Where a river forms a type of lagoon at the beach, ie creating a narrow strip of beach between the sea and the lagoon, If the lagoon gets too full, then this strip of beach becomes waterlogged and can collapse under its own weight, About a year ago the beach collapsed and pulled the paddle boats out to sea right here in Amanzimtoti. The powers that be, should monitor such beaches and create drain points to keep the river lagoon at safe levels.

      elspeth.hassall - 2012-02-06 10:36

      This happened at the mouth of the Umzimkulu River.....very dangerous kids growing up in Sheppie, we were always warned to stay away from the "Quick sand" area ie the mouth of the river. It is also a very strong flowing river and at the moment the tides quite low ...near to Springs.

  • Wandile Mkhize - 2012-02-05 22:25

    A thgousand ways to die!

  • Grant - 2012-02-06 05:21

    It must have been the couple's time to go but what a terrible way.

  • margaret.mead1 - 2012-02-06 08:38

    This is a freak accident - such a shock - Condolences to the families. Shows how important it is to learn to swim, from the earliest opportunity. This is sad.

  • Colin - 2012-02-06 14:58

    that is quite scary that the sand just gave way.any idea of how this can be. sorry to hear and condolences to the families

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