Doctor drowns in Cape Town

2012-07-29 14:12

Cape Town - The body of a doctor has washed up on the Bloubergstrand beach, in Cape Town, Western Cape police said on Sunday.

Warrant Officer November Filander said the body of Oswald Fernandes, 48, was found by a passerby at around 07:30 on Saturday.

He said Fernandes's identity document was found in his pocket.

"The case is being treated as a drowning."

The Weekend Argus reported on Sunday that the doctor's BMW had been found, with nothing missing, at a nearby shopping centre in Sunset Beach.

Stepson Steven Vermaak told the newspaper that Fernandes had loved swimming for exercise and that he was a good swimmer.

"The police said they suspect he walked into the sea and the current took him and he drowned, then his body got washed up on the Marine Drive side [of the sea]," he said.

"We're still waiting for an autopsy to tell us exactly what happened, but I don't think he would commit suicide."

- The deceased was incorrectly identified as Waldo Fernandez in an earlier version of this story.

  • Rowan Cranston - 2012-07-29 15:44

    ID in pocket, went for a swim, drowned??? well that sounds completely plausible for our

      mack.myburgh - 2012-07-30 12:58

      I'm with you sounds very strange

      nasheenar - 2012-07-30 13:30

      Now if our police dont smell foul play then there is a serious cause for concern.Vehicle parked at one spot and body with ID found somwhere else all this perfectly normal.

      jaco.botha.75 - 2012-07-30 15:26

      And who swims in the middle of the winter?

      husaberg.twostroke - 2012-07-31 02:48

      Something fishy going on here this sounds like a murder.

  • Erna - 2012-07-29 18:09

    Since when do you go swimming with ID in your pocket?

  • Khetha Hlophe - 2012-07-29 22:15

    The weather is not really favorable for swimming. Did they get identity card like the Hospital is in or book. was it the book which must be unlikely in this scenario in his pants. What did he wear on the day. We need well informed reporting

  • anita.nortje - 2012-07-30 08:10

    ID found on him? swimming in winter.... Even a blond like me can see all is not well with this case...

  • julie.khan3 - 2012-07-30 08:49

    Swimming in the Cold Atlantic Ocean,this time of the year!!! My condolences to the loved ones he left behind.Maybe he said and watched the beautiful ocean.Then the strong current took him in unaware.

  • lotus.river.5 - 2012-07-30 09:00

    Postmortem!!thorough one,this case makes no sane man jumps into the ocean with his id in south africa.I would guess someone close to him killed him, dumped him in the ocean,drove his car and left it at a nerby shopping centre.they probably put the id in his pocket for quick identification so that they can claim life insurance.who is the benefactor on his will?

  • cynthia.smith.71619533 - 2012-07-30 09:09

    Why does everyone jump to the worst possible conclusion. If you weren't there, don't judge. Wait for the outcome.

  • israel.maseko.5 - 2012-07-30 09:13

    I suggest that lifesavers should patrol 24/7 and they must as well notify the swimmers if weather conditions are unbearable and can cause harm to anyone. This will also reduce shark attack cases.

  • Tari897 - 2012-07-30 10:11

    Good swimmer, but he drowned, with ID in his pocket..... yes.. sure...

  • avondutoit - 2012-07-30 10:55

    Just gutted at this news. this was my family GP and a wonderful man. All sounds very strange to me. I hope the truth will be incovered, whatever it may be. RIP ozzie

  • tania.gibson - 2012-07-30 11:37

    Thats just awful - just such an awesome man - my kids loved him - Rest In Peace Doc ......

  • paul.kruger.92102 - 2012-07-30 12:04

    This sucks - was my fav doc, such a cool guy.

  • jeremey.northcote - 2012-07-30 13:11

    As our personal GP we are shocked and devastated to say the least...!! I saw Dr Fernandes during last week. He became our friend and was the best GP we have ever had.....and will ever have. Our deepest sympathies go out to Dr. Ossie Fernandes and his family.....R.I.P. Doc. You will be sorely missed by my 2 little boys, my wife and myself...!!! From the Northcote Family.... :-(

  • Billy - 2012-07-30 13:46

    condolences, strange though, not parked at the beach parking and an id is his 'pocket?', was he a triathlon athlete or something? mr vermaak? bicycle missing from the rack on the bmw maybe? lack of info in this article makes it suspicious

  • mina.moo.14 - 2012-07-30 13:47

    Fishy, fishy, fishy! Park the car where and casually drown in the sean. Id and all. Please man something is very wrong here.

  • ivandejager - 2012-07-30 14:07

    He was our family GP, an awsome loving man with a passion for what he did, was very fit and will be missed by our whole family, RIP Doc.

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-07-30 14:38

    Ossie wat a pleasant man you were, enjoyed working with you in the "bad old days" of military service in Oudshoorn.

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  • sharon.truebodyvice - 2012-07-30 15:15

    RIP Doc

  • annah.bologo - 2012-07-30 16:15

    the truth will out!!

  • shaun.feldtmann - 2012-07-30 17:19

    This is a sad sad story.. He was my doctor since I was a small little boy. Awesome doctor. Even when I went to Jhb I refused to see anyone there unless he knew them. My deepest sympathy to his family and friends. I doubt it was suicide. He was just to a happy go lucky person to fall into such a trap. May your soul rest in peace Doc.

  • tina.morkel - 2012-07-30 17:22

    RIP Ozzie - was so shocked to get the call - My deepest sympathy with his family, friends and all who loved him.

  • gail.j.neegraham - 2012-07-30 19:47

    RIP Dr Ossie Fernandes, you were the best Doctor. You will be missed incredibly. Still shell shocked by what happened. You were one of the fittest and healthiest people I know. Thank you for always being the positive man you were.

  • oliver.brettschneider - 2012-07-30 23:12

    Definitely a victim of crime no doubt about it, not a accidental drowning if the facts in this article are correct then victim was probably robbed on the beach killed after putting up a fight and dumped in the ocean, the car was stolen and driven to another location where it was abandoned for some reason most likely to prevent anyone linking them to the murder too risky I guess when they started thinking about it so most like more than one person, there must be hair or fibers of clothing of other people in that car or something like sand/dirt on the backseat floor mats and I would be surprised if his lungs had lots of salt water in them because if he was dead before put in the ocean there would be much less water in his lungs than when the victim actually drowned... hope they catch whoever did this!

  • harriet.martin.1238 - 2012-07-31 09:16

    Preshen govender i dont appreciate your comment about in case the shark needs to identify him, he has a wife and children who is in mourning, what if it was your family, he was a well established doctor give him some respect. i was one of his many patients who will miss him. Harriet Martin (if you do'nt have anything sensible to say, don't say anything)

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