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Cape Town - Ahmed Martin of Mitchells Plain took advantage of Thursday’s warm weather to skip school with friends and head to the beach.
Now his parents Faldielah and Yusuf Martin are mourning his death after the 19-year-old drowned at Mnandi, which is a Blue Flag beach.
Dillan Wyman, who took Ahmed’s belongings to his parents, said the four friends had been in waist-deep water when a wave hit them. One minute Ahmed was there and then he was gone.
“When the wave hit us we couldn’t even feel our feet touching the ground and we never saw him after that. We got out of the water and waited there on the beach.”
Wyman said a fisherman came across the body and dragged it up onto to the sand.
“We will miss his company. He was one that never liked to lose an argument and was always in debates with people. He was always cracking jokes.”
Faldielah Martin said police fetched her from her home and she had not known what to expect, as the officer didn’t tell her what had happened.
“I saw the police van in the street and I think she was asking where Ahmed lived. When she came to the door I just knew something bad had happened.”
Ahmed attended Beacon Hill High School and Martin said she had been unaware that Ahmed had bunked.
“He was my youngest child and we had high hopes for him.
“He did sometimes fight at school but he listened, he was a good boy.”
Yusuf Martin said his son was one in a million and there would never be another like him.
“You couldn’t have asked for a better son. He was like the last of his kind.”
He said Ahmed would be buried on Friday.
Police said an inquest had been opened and a post mortem would be conducted, but they did not suspect foul play.