Body of miss­ing boy, 13, brought ashore by po­lice at Long Beach

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - KOWTHAR SOLOMONS

THE BODY of a 13-year-old boy swept out to sea at Kom­metjie has been re­cov­ered by po­lice divers in the shal­low surf at Long Beach.

Eric Faul­mann, from Ocean View, dis­ap­peared when he was swept out to sea on Thurs­day.

His body was found yes­ter­day af­ter it was spot­ted by a res­i­dent. The res­i­dent alerted the search party, NSRI spokesman Craig Lam­bi­non said.

The body has since been handed over to foren­sic pathol­ogy ser­vices.

Llewellen Faul­mann, Eric’s fa­ther, said the fam­ily was dev­as­tated at the news, but that they had been re­ceiv­ing sup­port from their neigh­bours.

He de­scribed Eric as a won­der­ful boy well-known in their com­mu­nity.

Eric was at the beach with his fa­ther, his sis­ter and a cousin when he went miss­ing. They were en­joy­ing the last day of the cousin’s stay.

“He was swim­ming in the ocean with his cousin, while I was look­ing af­ter his eightyear-old sis­ter on the beach. Then I looked into the wa­ter and re­alised that some­thing was wrong.”

Faul­mann dived into the wa­ter and swam to­wards his son as he dis­ap­peared un­der the waves. He al­most man­aged to grab his son three times, but the cur­rents kept drag­ging the boy deeper into the wa­ter.

Faul­mann alerted nearby surfers, who con­tacted the NSRI and the po­lice. Divers, po­lice and a he­li­copter combed the area look­ing for Eric, but could find no trace of him.

Mean­while, the search is con­tin­u­ing for the bod­ies of three cousins from Kalk­steen­fontein, who were pre­sumed to have drowned at Haw­ston last weekend.

Shel­ton Brewis, 12, An­to­nio Fisher, 15, and Ro­jei Span­nen­berg, 19, were swept out to sea last Sun­day. Two of their cousins, Pres­lin and Ti­aan Ross, were caught in the same rip tide but man­aged to swim back to shore.

Po­lice spokesman Lieu­tenant Colonel An­dre Traut said the search had been called off, but coastal pa­trols were still be­ing held in the hope of find­ing any sign of the three.

Two other drown­ings were also re­ported this week.

Ja­cobus Bar­tus, a 23-yearold woman from Kraaifontein, drowned in a tidal pool at Strand­fontein last Sun­day, de­spite a life­saver’s at­tempts to re­sus­ci­tate her.

A 14-year-old boy, who has yet to be named, drowned at a mu­nic­i­pal pool in Piket­berg the same day.

kowthar.solomons@inl.co.za

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