Body found in pool

2016-01-08 13:51
ER24 paramedics and SAPS search-and-rescue staff recover the body of the man that drowned at Olympic Swimming Pool in Northdale.

ER24 paramedics and SAPS search-and-rescue staff recover the body of the man that drowned at Olympic Swimming Pool in Northdale. (Ian Carbutt, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - Mystery surrounds the death of a Swayimane man at the Olympic pool in Newholmes on Thursday morning.

Nkosingipile Graham Dlamini (28) was found in the deep end of the pool by a security guard at around 6.45 am on Thursday.

It is believed that blood was seen coming out of Dlamini’s nose and mouth, when his body was found in the pool.

Sources said this could be caused by a number of reasons, such as the pressure at the depth of the water, alcohol in the system or injury. However, a post mortem will reveal the exact cause of death.

Dlamini’s eldest brother, Msawenkosi Dlamini, said his two younger brothers and cousins went to the pool on Wednesday. When they left, they could not find him.

“They went to swim and spend the day there but no one could find my brother when the lifeguards sounded the sirens to warn people to get out of the pool because of the lightning. Everyone checked the pool for him but he wasn’t around,” said Dlamini.

He said he believes his brother may have fallen asleep somewhere on the property and woken up in the middle of the night when the pool had already been locked.

“When my other brother and cousins could not find him, they immediately called me and we drove all over town looking for him,” he said.

Dlamini said the family visited all the police stations and hospitals in a desperate search for his brother. They even returned to the Olympic swimming pool late on Wednesday night to speak to the night security guard.

“We left our contact numbers with the guard but he said he checked the pool and the premises and no one was there,” said Dlamini.

At 5 am yesterday, Dlamini returned to the area in search of his brother, however, the search ended two hours later when the security guard at the Olympic swimming pool called to say he had found a body in the pool.

“My shift starts at 6.30 am and the first thing I do is take a walk around and sweep the pool for anything. I was walking around the pool and I saw a shadow. I realised it was a body and called everyone,” said KSA security guard Danpaul Pillay.

Dlamini said he found it “very strange” that the night security guard did not hear or see his brother in the pool.

“My brother must have fallen in because he cannot swim and he always stays away from the deep end. To have found him in the deep end of the pool is strange because he would never have gone there, unless he fell in,” he said.

Lifeguards at the pool yesterday morning said they had around 700 bathers during the heat on Wednesday with two lifeguards on duty and one off-duty lifeguard present.

“This guy [Dlamini] was with his friends and he was highly intoxicated. There was no one on the property besides the night guard so at this point we don’t know how he got in the pool or what the story is,” said a lifeguard who asked not to be named as he is not allowed to speak to the media.

Dlamini’s two brothers and cousins were sobbing whilst on the phone with other members of the family conveying the message of Dlamini’s death.

“He was the middle brother and a wonderful person. He and I worked together running our family security business …” said eldest brother Msawenkosi.

Police divers from the Pietermaritzburg search and rescue unit pulled Dlamini’s body out of the pool. He was barefoot and still wearing his black swimming shorts.

Mountain Rise police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joshua Maistry said an inquest docket had been opened.

Meanwhile, a 25-year-old man drowned while swimming at Wedge Beach in Durban yesterday.

Spokesperson for the Department of Health’s Emergency Medical Services, Robert McKenzie said the incident occurred at around 2.30 pm.

The drowning brought to 12 the number of people who have drowned countrywide since January 1, according to a News24 tally of reports from ER24, Netcare 911 and the NSRI.


Acting Msunduzi municipality spokesperson Nqobile Madonda said they were deeply saddened by the Dlamini’s death and conveyed their condolences to his family.

“We are waiting for the results from the post mortem to determine the exact cause of death.

“Lifeguards and security have assured us that they conducted their routine checks and nobody was on the property before locking up on Wednesday.

“We promise to get to the bottom of things,” said Madonda.

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