Police diver drowns after saving farmer from flooding in Eastern Cape

Police diver drowns after saving farmer from flooding in Eastern Cape

A 53-year-old police diver in the Eastern Cape drowned in heavy floods while on rescue duty.

Pierre Marx
SAPS

The province has been hit by flooding caused by heavy rains leading to the death of five people.

Pierre Marx went missing on Saturday afternoon while attending to a complaint of drowning with co-divers from East London search and rescue.

Eastern Cape police spokesperson, Tembinkosi Kinana says the complaint was related to reported four people who were allegedly swept off Horse Shoe Valley causeway.

“As they arrived at the scene to assess the situation, they established that the complainant was on the Island in the main stream of the Nahoon River together with three (3) deceased whilst the fourth one was still missing in the river,” says Kinana.

According to Kinana, the officers managed to take the three bodies across the stream. “After a successful rescue of the complainant, who is believed to be a local farmer, Marx struggled with a strong current sweeping him despite attempts by his colleagues to rescue him,” says Kinana.

Marx disappeared in the heavy stream and was only recovered on Sunday morning.

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