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UPDATE: Pretorian’s body fished from Durban sea

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The body recovered from North Beach in Durban on Monday has been identified as that of Benjamin Maledu (20) of Pretoria East.

KwaZulu-Natal SAPS spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane said the body was identified by a relative on Friday, and an inquest docket was open for investigation but there was no suspicion of foul play in the incident.

Maledu, of Boekenhoutkloofdrift, disappeared while swimming on Friday, 6 July.

National Sea Rescue Institute Durban station commander Andre Fletcher said rescuers went on a search on around 19:00 following reports that a swimmer had disappeared after being caught in rip currents.

He said institute rescuers and their SAPS counterparts searched the area extensively but the man could not be found.

The search continued into the weekend but yielded no result until Monday.

Fletcher encouraged bathers to always swim within the demarcated areas and no further “as the danger of being caught in the rip currents is greater further out to sea”.

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