Missing man’s body found at Cape beach

2012-01-21 08:30

Cape Town - The body of a 27-year-old man has been found at a Cape Town beach three days after he was swept out to sea, Cape Town Disaster Risk Management Centre said on Friday.

A beachgoer found Igshaan Ariefdien's body washed ashore at Swartklip beach during low tide, spokesperson Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said.

"Law enforcement officers struggled to recover the body from the water as high-tide was setting in and hampering their efforts. The recovery efforts took almost two hours due to rough sea conditions."

Ariefdien had been boogie-boarding with a friend when both were caught in a rip current at Mnandi beach on Wednesday. His companion was able to swim to safety.

Solomons-Johannes said Ariefdien's relatives were at the scene. His body would be taken to the Salt River mortuary where a post-mortem would be conducted.

The search for a second man, Jerome Booysen, 35, from Rugby in Cape Town, who also went missing on Wednesday, would continue, Solomons-Johannes said.

He was pulled out to sea by a rip current at Milnerton lagoon beach when he and friend swam out to help two women, one of them his niece, in trouble in the water. The three made it back to shore safely.

"The search mission will resume at first light on Saturday morning, in attempt to recover the body of Booysen. The National Sea Rescue Institute and police diving unit have indicated they will assist in the search."

  • clivegoss - 2012-01-21 08:47

    "The sea gives the sea takes" Prayers and strenght for the living.

  • Freddie - 2012-01-21 09:11

    Funny how people are scared of sharks yet rip currents have claimed dozens of lives this summer.

      barry.mcbride - 2012-01-21 11:34

      Rip currents don't rip off chunks of flesh like sharks do.

  • schewitz - 2012-01-21 10:32

    I recently got rescued by a life guard in hermarnis. These rip currents are very dangerous. How does one get out of them, or more to the point how does one get back to shore if u find yourself moving out to sea?

      midkemia - 2012-01-21 11:00

      swim sideways as the rip is only so wide, dont swim directly back into the rip as you will lose

      jaccil - 2012-01-21 11:03

      As fishermen, we learn to read the water for rips, but there's always a chance of a current catching you by surprise. Sea conditions are really abnormal this summer and great care should be taken even when going to the safest of beaches. To answer your question: Google search "how to survive a riptide". The body of Renco van Deventer, a fit 24-year old angler who grew up next to the sea, is still missing after being dragged out by a current in the Tsitsikamma area on the 4th of January. Please everyone, take care!

      Christopher - 2012-01-21 11:13

      @ Schewitz: Hope this helps

      Eugene Maartens - 2012-01-21 13:02

      Swimming sideways is a very good way......I was once taken and I just whent with it and was later spat out from the current......a bit further than I would have liked but I got out safely....;-)

  • Katharina - 2012-01-21 13:49

    On Wednesday morning just after 10 a body also washed up on Strand beach. Two beachgoers dragged the body ashore and covered it with their towels. About 5 minutes later the police arrived, looked at the body and stood around talking. The tide was still coming in and swept over the body a few times leaving it uncovered. There were lots of small children in the area and I felt the police should have covered the body with a bag. Later an ambulance arrived, but still nothing was done. After some complaints from the public a police line was put around the body - which still lay partly uncovered under a towel. They were apparently waiting for forensics. Only at 12 the body was covered and taken away. I thought this was inhumane against the deceased as well as the general public.

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