Religious groups warned to avoid beaches at night after drowning incident

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Emergency services at the beach on Sunday morning.
Emergency services at the beach on Sunday morning.

Religious groups have been warned not to go into the ocean after hours, following the drowning of a Verulam pastor during a prayer at the La Mercy Beach at the weekend.

Councillor of the area, Geoff Pullan, has also cautioned worshippers to be wary of the water dragging their clothes and pulling them further in.

The 43-year-old pastor, who is a member of a Zionist Church in the Buffelsdraai area, had travelled to the beach at 10 pm on Saturday with his wife and members of the congregation to perform a ritual at the beach.

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