Body of missing teen found at Strand

2015-12-12 11:53

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Cape Town - The body of the missing teenager who was presumed to have drowned at Strand Pavilion has been found.

"We can confirm that the body of the teenager that was missing ... was discovered and then recovered from the surf by a member of the public this morning at Strand and family, assisted by police, have positively identified the body," said National Sea Rescue Institute [NSRI] spokesperson Craig Lambinon on Saturday.

He said the body of the 17-year-old had since been handed to the Department of Health Forensics Pathology services.

Police have opened an inquest docket.

The teen, from Eersteriver, disappeared underwater after getting into difficulty while swimming on Thursday, NSRI Gordons Bay deputy station commander Edward Russouw said at the time. A friend had tried unsuccessfully to rescue him.

A sea rescue craft and swimmers were dispatched while a rescue helicopter, police, government emergency medical services, the Law Enforcement Marine Unit, Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services as well as a Police Dive Unit also responded.

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