Man missing in Garden Route dam

A 35-year-old man went missing in the water during a family outing at the Garden Route Dam in George on Saturday, paramedics said.

ER24 spokeswoman Vanessa Jackson said paramedics were called to the scene after the man did not emerge from the dam after he went swimming with a large group of people, including his family.

“Some time later, every one had exited the water except for the (man) and he could not be seen.”

The local water rescue team began a search with boats, but the man could not be found and police rescue divers were dispatched to look for him beneath the water surface.

Jackson said at this stage there was no clear understanding as to why the man did not return from the water, and police would need to conduct a thorough investigation into the event.

“A trauma counselorwas called to the scene to provide their service to the distraught family members,” she said. – Sapa

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