THE body of Michael Bircham, the 65-year-old British visitor who tragically drowned at Kabeljous beach on Saturday is going to be transported back to England where he will be cremated at the request of his immediate family.
Bircham and his wife were visiting family in Jeffreys Bay. On Saturday morning he and some friends and family went for a swim at Kabeljous beach where he died while swimming, apparently by drowning.
Owner of Kouga Funerals, Dean Gilbert who was awarded the contract for embalming the body and arranging for transport back to London said: “Michael’s body was embalmed as required by international law. Because his body will be transported across international borders, he will now be transported back to London in a silk lined coffin.”
According to Gilbert, who was present at the post-mortem examination, the coroner found his death consistent with drowning.