Two brothers drown in dam

Three men died in two separate drowning incidents in Knysna and Grahamstown at the weekend.

In the first incident, on Saturday, a man drowned at Coney Glen in Knysna. In Grahamstown yesterday, two brothers drowned in the Grey Dam at about 10am.

Grahamstown police spokeswoman Captain Mail Govender said police divers found the bodies of the brothers, both in their 30s, at about 1.20pm.

“Details of this tragic incident are not known at this stage,” she said.

In Saturday’s incident, National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) Knysna station commander Jerome Simonis said a rescue was launched following reports of a drowning in progress.

“On arrival at the scene it was found that a local man, believed to be 34, had got into difficulty while swimming in the surf. It is suspected that rough sea conditions and rip currents may have contributed to the man getting into difficulty.”

He said bystanders were able to recover the man from the water and performed CPR.

NSRI medics then took over but the man was eventually declared dead.

Inquest dockets have been opened in both incidents.

-Tremaine van Aardt

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