IT’S BEEN a busy time for the PORT Shepstone Search and Rescue Unit members who were called out to a couple of scenes during these past weeks. On Tuesday, October 31 they members assisted with the search for an exhibit, which was retrieved from a dam in the Sawoti area. It appears the small safe which was stolen during a housebreaking in Highflats, was thrown into the dam by the suspect who was later arrested.
On Thursday, November 16 they assisted at an accident scene in Ixopo where the driver of a white Corsa bakkie, a 52 year old female lost control of the vehicle and drove off the bridge into the water. The community retrieved the body of the female from the water and Search and Rescue members searched the area for any more possible victims, but none were found. A culpable homicide case is being investigated.
On Sunday, November 19 the members were called to a scene in Paddock where the body of a 25 year old man was dumped into a bushy area after he was allegedly assaulted and killed. The community and the Search and Rescue members searched the area and the body was found with multiple open wounds. A murder docket is being investigated by Paddock SAPS and four males were arrested. They will appear in court soon.
On the same day, the members responded to a call out to the Port Shepstone tidal pool where an 18 year old female allegedly drowned. The body was washed up against the side by the water and Search and Rescue members, paramedics and lifesavers from Tower 13 assisted to retrieve her out. An inquest is being investigated at Port Shepstone SAPS.
Yesterday, November 21 at 12:30pm they were called to yet another drowning scene at Umtwalume main beach. It is alleged that a 17 year old boy was swimming in the water with others in the river mouth, when strong currents swept him out to sea. A search was conducted but without any success. A missing persons’ report has been opened at Hibberdene police station.
Police would like to warn beachgoers to swim in the areas demarcated by the lifeguards. Do not consume alcohol and get into the water. “Parents must at all times be aware of your children at the beach and in the water, especially during this busy festive period,” said police spokesperson, Lt Col Zandra Wiid.