Search called off for missing man in KZN

2011-08-07 20:31

Durban - A man is missing, feared drowned, after he was swept into the sea from the mouth of the Umgeni River, in Durban, on Sunday, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said.

Spokesperson Andre Fletcher said a volunteer crew were asked to assist the police search and rescue team in attending to the incident, which was reported at 07:15.

An extensive search revealed no sign of the man, he said.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Vincent Mdunge said the man had gone swimming in the Umgeni River mouth's Blue Lagoon.

He said the man - originally from the Eastern Cape - had been swimming with his friend and his brother in the lagoon.

The police abandoned the search late on Sunday due to bad light.

“We will resume the search tomorrow at first light," said Mdunge.

  • Yoni - 2011-08-07 21:00

    There are crocs in that area...

      Billy - 2011-08-07 23:07

      I want to assure Yoni that there are no crocs at the mouth of the Umgeni River at Blue Lagoon! All you might see in the area is Mike Naicker's 1968 Barracuda, parked at the roadhouse, but definitely no crocs!

  • anarchy86 - 2011-08-08 08:06

    actually there are crocs in blue lagoon. I know how absurd it sounds and I didn’t believe it at first. only when I saw it did I believe it, the other concern is at a river mouth there maybe sharks such as a bull shark who swims in salt water and fresh water

      BOFFINBOB - 2011-08-08 08:17

      anarchy86. True that.

      Gungets Tuft - 2011-08-08 13:30

      There are definitley no crocs at the mouth - they are above the Connaught bridge where you can see it (them??) ona nice warm winters day - much closer to the Footbridge. This was not a croc. When the mouth breaches there is a hectic current that runs out to sea. Once in the inshore ocean channel there are large numbers of Zambezi's (Bull sharks) which go dilly when the mouth breaches. Other than swimming in the harbour this is the most dangerous place in Durban to swim. It's sad - but willing to bet that alcohol played a large part - people do not go to Blue Lagoon to drink Earl Grey.

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