Man drowns at Silvermine Dam

The body of a 25-year-old man who drowned at Silvermine Dam was recovered on Sunday November 12. Picture: David Ritchie/African News Agency/ANA

A 25-year-old man is reported to have drowned at Silvermine Dam in Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) on Sunday, November 12.

According to National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) spokesman Craig Lambinon, TMNP rangers contacted the City’s 107 control room after bystanders approached them to raise the alarm.

The man had reportedly been swimming across the dam when, according to eyewitness reports, he suddenly disappeared under the water, said Mr Lambinon.

Police divers recovered the body which was handed over to forensic pathology services.

“ All efforts are concentrated on the family and those affected by this sad incident,” he said.

Park manager Megan Taplin said: “The family has identified the deceased and is currently receiving counselling. We would like to express our sincere condolences to the family during this difficult time.”

The dam is temporarily closed to the public following the drowning and will remain so until further notice.