Two employees of the KZN Sharks Board drowned on Thursday while servicing shark nets.

Durban - Following the tragic loss of the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board employees who drowned when their boat capsized on Thursday, MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Sihle Zikalala, sent his condolences to the families of the victims.

The incident occurred when KZN Sharks Board employees were servicing shark nets off the Richards Bay coast. Two employees drowned, two survived and one is still missing. 

Zikalala, together with the Mayor of uMhlathuze Local Municipality, Mduduzi Mhlongo and the Chief Executive Officer of KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board, Mthokozisi Radebe, visited families of the deceased and the survivors in hospital.

“We would like to send our sincere condolences to the families of our employees who passed on. We also wish those who survived the ordeal a speedy recovery. Our officials together with the National Sea Rescue Institute and Portnet are currently searching for the missing employee,” Zikalala said.

Professional psychological counselling by the Sharks Board will be offered to the victims and assistance will be given to the families for the burial.

The MEC added that the Sharks Board had not had a fatal boat accident since it was formed more than 60 years ago.

The Independent on Saturday