Man drowns at Mole

The search for the body of David Thomas continues after the 28 year-old drowned in the Mole on Sunday afternoon. The initial search by the Sea Rescue Institute of Namibia (SRIN) and various other organisations lasted more than two hours.

According to Adri Goosen of the Swakopmund Fire and Rescue Services the tragic incident occurred at about 15:30. Two brothers and a friend were playing in the ocean in the Mole area. The sea temperature was above 20° Celsius.
According to witnesses the deceased and his brother both landed in trouble while playing in the ocean. Initially the brother tried to assist and grabbed Thomas by the foot, but also landed in trouble. He apparently let go of his brother, swam to shore to save himself and to sound the alarm. A crowd of onlookers gathered very quickly at the scene.
An extensive search by SRIN as well as various other organisations did not yield any results though. “The current was very strong,” said Goosen. The search and rescue turned into a search and recovery operation. SRIN divers were called in as to search and retrieve the body but to no avail mainly due to poor visibility.
According to Detective Chief Inspector Erastus Iikuyu, acting regional crime investigations coordinator for Erongo, the deceased was a resident of Swakopmund. “His body is not yet found but the search is on,” he said.
Goosen calls on the public to be extra vigilant and careful when swimming in the ocean, this is especially true for swimmers who aren’t very experienced. During the recent holiday season the West Coast Safety Initiative (WCSI) reported one drowning at Pebble Beach as well as at least 25 near-drownings, bringing the total drownings up to two.
The WCSI issued a word of appreciation to those who assisted and supported at the scene on Sunday: Nampol, Swakopmund Municipal Fire and Rescue Services, E-Med Rescue 24, Sea Rescue Institute of Namibia and the Swakopmund Neighbourhood Watch.

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