Grim weekend for police rescue divers in Durban

2016-08-08 14:59
Police and Search and Rescue Unit divers. (Supplied)

Police and Search and Rescue Unit divers. (Supplied)

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Durban - Police search and rescue personnel had a busy weekend, pulling the remains of three bodies from rivers and the sea in Durban.

In the first incident on Friday, rescue divers rushed to the Ngonyameni area, near Bhekithemba after reports of a body floating in a river.

Police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said that divers had braved the frigid water and managed to retrieve the body of a woman in her 30s.  

"The circumstances surrounding the incident are being investigated and an inquest docket has been opened," she said.

On Saturday morning, divers were called to the area of Quarry Heights to retrieve another body.

It is understood that nearly a week before, a man had had an altercation with a group of men and, in his haste to flee, had rushed into the flooded quarry and drowned.  

"On Saturday members of the Durban Search and Rescue were called out to Quarry Heights near Nandi Drive to recover the body of the victim that drowned on the Saturday before. Circumstances surrounding the incident are being investigated," she said.

In the last grim instalment, Search and Rescue Unit divers recovered the mutilated remains of a man at the Umgeni River mouth.

"The body was severely mutilated from shark bites and the left arm was missing. Investigations are continuing," Gwala said.

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