Police face crocs to find man’s body

The SAPS Diving Unit, stationed in White River, has for the past week faced crocodile-infested waters to try and locate the body of a 23-year-old male who had drowned on Saturday.
Mr Ndumiso Siyabango (23) went to fetch water with two of his friends when he fell into the Sabie River and was swept away. According to Capt Pottie Potgieter, one of his friends saw what happened and immediately reported it to the police.
“The incident took place around 17:30, after which the search started,” said Potgieter.
The unit worked until 23:00, but there was no sign of Siyabango.
The search continued on Sunday and Monday, and even with the help of the police’s air wing, bore no fruit. Since Hazyview Herald published this story, his body has been found. 
“We feel a bit like Daniel in the lion’s den with the presence of the massive crocodiles in the river,” said Capt Joey Potgieter. They are currently searching an area of five kilometres upstream, from where a bridge on the Bushbuckridge Road (R40) crosses the river.
The search did, however, become easier on Tuesday, as the water levels started to decrease, but it had to be put on hold due to another search – one for the body of a 14-year-old who had tried to cross the Crocodile River near Matsulu on Friday.
Joey said eyewitnesses he saw the boy attempting to cross the river, but lost his footing as it was deeper than he had anticipated. The teen was washed down the river by the current.
The diving unit now faces a massive challenge; the Crocodile River is living up to its name.
“I saw crocodiles that looked bigger than our Ford Ranger bakkie,” said Mr Albert Gryvenstein of Bossie’s Community Justice, who was also on scene.

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