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Teen’s body recovered from Inanda Dam

SAPS and Metro Search and Rescue teams worked tirelessly to retrieve the body of the 17-year-old.

POLICE divers, from the search and rescue team, located the body of a 17-year-old boy who was reported to have drowned at Inanda Dam. His body was recovered on Saturday, October 23.

eThekwini District communications commander, Captain Carmen Rhynes said it is alleged that a group of children were playing in shallow water in a gully, near KwaNgcolosi, when one of the children is said to have disappeared below the surface of the water.

“It was reported that Kwanele Shangase got into difficulty and disappeared below the water. Ghost, a police K9 Unit dog, conducted a surface search and then indicated a general dive area where a dive operation was conducted,” said Rhynes.

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According to Rhynes, the underwater search was hampered by submerged trees, rubble and deep pools that were created by past illegal sand mining activities.

“The body was eventually located at a depth of 4m and recovered using a rescue stokes basket. It was carried 1km to the roadway and handed over to Hillcrest SAPS members,” reported Rhynes.

Rhynes thanked the Durban SAPS, Metro Search and Rescue and the SAPS K9 teams.

“The grieving family will be able to bury their son and find closure,” she said.


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