South Africa

Body of Midmar Mile swimmer found

2015-02-10 09:29
Midmar dam. (File,Gallo)

Durban - The body of swimmer Tristan Dennis, who went missing during the Midmar Mile in Howick at the weekend, has been found, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Tuesday.

“His body was found floating in the water,” Major Thulani Zwane said.

Dennis, 30, went missing on Saturday during the Midmar Mile swimming race north of Pietermaritzburg. He was found in the dam on Tuesday morning around 07:00.

An inquest docket was opened, Zwane said.

He was swimming in the company relay race and entered the water at 11.22. There was no record of him exiting the water at any point along the race.

The race organisers were notified by concerned friends, who were swimming with him, after they waited for more than an hour for him to emerge from the water.

His family was immediately notified and made their way to the scene, where the event personnel assisted them and continued to provide the counselling and emotional support services that have been rendered since he went missing.

The event organisers have extended their heartfelt thanks the South African Police Services Search and Rescue and K9 teams under Lt Jack Haskins, the divers from the South African Police Services and the Navy, who worked tirelessly since the alarm was raised.

They also thanked the community of swimmers, both locally and globally, that has rallied together in support around this tragedy.

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