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A fun weekend away turned to tragedy when a 27-year-old Durban man died after falling into the Blow Hole, a popular tourist attraction, near Port St Johns on the Wild Coast.
The incident happened at midday on Saturday, September 28.
Kai Vennemann was attending an engagement party in Port St Johns, his father, Axel, said on Monday. He was speaking from his home in Fish Hoek near Cape Town.
“He was having lunch on the rocks with some friends,” he said.
Vennemann was trying to get a closer look at the Blow Hole when he was washed off his feet by a wave and “sucked” through the hole
Two days later, his body washed up on nearby Second Beach.
The Pinetown electrician grew up in Cape Town, but had been living and working in Durban for six years, his father said.
Axel spent the weekend in Durban where he attended a memorial service for his son at the New Germany Country Club.
He said he was deeply touched by the huge crowd who gathered to mourn, but the family was struggling to come to terms with his death.
Vennemann’s younger sister, Bianca, was working in Venice in Italy, but had flown back to South Africa and his younger brother, Gunnar, was receiving counselling, Axel said.
Vennemann’s mother, Belinda Elgin, was too traumatised to attend the memorial service.
“I know all mothers think their children are beautiful, but he really was... He was exceptionally beautiful,” she said on Monday.
Elgin described her son as “a tactical man, mischievous and a risk-taker” .
She said he was loyal to his friends and a gentleman.
“It’s a terrible loss, he was an inspiration to me,” Elgin said, weeping.
“He’s only been gone a week, but it feels like forever… I miss him so much.”
Vennemann’s friends took to Facebook to offer their condolences to his family.
He enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid sportsman, his father said, and one message read:
“This weekend the Ashley Hockey Club said ‘goodbye’ to a very special and beloved son, a brother to many and a friend to all.
“Kai Vennemann, you will live in our thoughts and memories for eternity.”
Friend Shannon Horrocks said: “Thank you for all the amazing memories, laughs and smiles! You will always be missed and loved.”