Hout Bay teen presumed drowned

2012-01-15 19:46

Johannesburg - The National Sea Rescue Institute was searching for a teenage boy who is presumed to have drowned at Flora Bay, next to Hout Bay's main beach, on Sunday.

"An extensive sea, air and shore search has revealed no sign of a 14-year -old male, from Hout Bay, who is missing and who is presumed to have drowned," NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon said in a statement.

A police dive unit joined in the ongoing search operation.

Lambinon said an inquest docket was opened and the child's mother, family and friends were at the beach and were attended to by police trauma counsellors.

The boy's family, a motorcyclist on Chapman's Peak Drive and a policeman saw the teenager disappear under the water about 30m off-shore of Flora Bay while swimming.

  • theO rAcLe - 2012-01-15 21:04

    Please God, be with him...

  • Jason Children - 2012-01-16 06:19

    didnt anyone who saw him disappear under the water think to dive in and try and get him out?

      Davorin - 2012-01-16 11:02

      Yes everyone stood and watched him die. Nobody did anything to try and help him. How disgusting!

  • kate.reynard - 2012-01-16 12:13

    They were on Chapman's Peak looking down when they spotted him going under. By the time the got to the beach and told authorities his body was missing. Don't judge so quickly Jay and Davorin.

      Ashton Barnard - 2012-01-16 15:34

      Hi there havnt seen any rescue boats or anything today from my belcony? Do u know if they are still looking? Surly a body floats? I just find this bazzare? I really hope they find him, have been checking all day for any reports on finding him

  • miko.chieppa - 2012-01-21 01:06

    I witnessed the boy struggling in the water from chapmans peak and urgently my friend down to the beach on his scooter to try rescue the boy. You're right. i watched the poor boy. he went under and just over a minute later my friend starting sprinting to the water. he was far out and the water obstructed his vision. I could not direct my friend as the boy's body was under dark blue water. What a sad day. God bless him

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