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The disappearance of one of their lifeguards while at sea was still a “mystery” to them, SA Life Saving Club KZN head, Mike Raubenheimer, said on Monday.
Sandile Dlamini, 24, of uMlazi, is presumed to have drowned during routine training at Addington Beach on Saturday.
Dlamini is believed to have fallen off a rescue ski boat while paddling with four other lifeguards.
He had been with the club since 2007 soon after qualifying as a lifeguard.
Raubenheimer said he had known Dlamini for a very long time and that he was a good swimmer.
“Right now we cannot say what really happened to him. What we know is that one minute he was on the ski boat and the next he just disappeared in the water. He was a very good swimmer, so this is all just a total mystery to us. It really is,” he said.
Dlamini’s sister, Sizakele, said the family was still in shock about the news and hoped that her brother would be found soon.
“I don’t believe that he drowned because he knew how to swim,” she said.
She said her brother was a professional swimmer and she could not believe that he had drowned.
Captain Troy Alison, of the SAPS Search and Rescue Unit, said the search for Dlamini was continuing.