Dentist drowns in lake

2015-08-11 10:22
The lake at Drakensberg Sun at which Dr Muhammad Qadir Khan drowned.

The lake at Drakensberg Sun at which Dr Muhammad Qadir Khan drowned. (Supplied)

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THE normally tranquil setting of the Drakensberg Sun Resort lake became the scene of a frantic search and rescue operation this weekend after prominent Ladysmith dentist Dr Muhammad Qadir Khan (31) drowned in the lake at the Drakensberg Sun Resort on Saturday.

Police divers found his body in the lake late yesterday.

Family and friends described the incident as a “freak accident”.

The plush resort in Winterton at which the incident took place has its own private lake, frequently used by guests for canoeing.

A close family relative, who asked not to be named, said that Khan was on the lake with a cousin when the canoe they were in capsized.

The relative added that onlookers did not believe they were in danger as they seemed to be swimming out of the lake.

It is believed that Khan got into difficulty in the water and never surfaced.

Khan was described as a good swimmer, who loved the outdoors.

He was very well known within the community, highly respected and was regarded as being a very religious hafiz Muslim, after memorising the Qur’an.

Khan was not married but is survived by his parents, two brothers and a sister.

Family described Khan as a “happy-go-lucky” person.

Management of the Drakensberg Sun Resort confirmed the incident.

General manager Roger Petyt said that investigations into the incident were still ongoing.

“The management of the resort can confirm that an incident where a man drowned at the resort did take place. SAPS are on the property and investigations are still taking place,” Petyt said.

He added Khan was not staying at the hotel.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said search and rescue operations had begun on Saturday.

Police search and rescue divers spent Saturday and most of yesterday scanning the lake, working in temperatures of around nine degrees.

The family of Khan, members of staff from the hotel and others gathered at the scene as the search proceeded.

Khan’s funeral took place in Lady­smith last night

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