Search and rescue teams remove the decomposed body from an underground shaft on Sydney Road in Durban. Picture supplied
Search and rescue teams remove the decomposed body from an underground shaft on Sydney Road in Durban. Picture supplied
Search and rescue teams on Sydney Road in Durban. Video: supplied
Search and rescue teams on Sydney Road in Durban. Video: supplied
Search and rescue teams on Sydney Road in Durban. Picture: supplied
Search and rescue teams on Sydney Road in Durban. Picture: supplied
Search and rescue teams on Sydney Road in Durban. Picture: supplied
Search and rescue teams on Sydney Road in Durban. Picture: supplied
Durban - Construction workers came across a decomposing body while demolishing the United National Breweries (SA) Khangela brewery better known as the iJuba special building on Sydney Road on Wednesday. 

The Durban Metro Police and South African Police Services Search and Rescue teams were called out for a confined space body recovery said  Durban Metro Police spokesperson Parboo Sewpersad. 

"When they arrived demolition workers clearing the site showed the search team an underground man hole shaft where they found the body. The body was at an advanced stage of decomposition. Two rescuers entered the shaft using self contained breathing apparatuses. The corpse was recovered and hoisted out of the shaft using a rescue stokes basket and a Tri-pod," Sewpersad said. 

The identify of the person is unknown. A post mortem will be conducted to determine the cause of death. 

Vagrants and homeless people frequent the area which is near the Durban Harbour and train lines. 

The derelict buildings was demolished in stages to make way for a shipping container storage site. 

Search and rescue teams go down a shaft to rescue an injured person on Sydney Road in Durban. Picture: supplied

The Umbilo police station have opened an inquest docket. 

Search and rescue teams on Sydney Road in Durban. Picture: supplied
Search and rescue teams on Sydney Road in Durban. Picture: supplied

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