Tragedy hits Midmar Mile – swimmer missing, presumed drowned


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Tragedy has marred the Midmar Mile swimming event for the second time in four years, with a Johannesburg businessman still missing on Sunday after taking part in Race 3 on Saturday, The Witness reports.

Thabo van Straten, 43, is presumed to have drowned. Searches on Saturday and Sunday failed to locate his body, and the search is expected to resume on Monday, weather permitting.

According to iol, Midmar Mile organisers released a statement afterwards, saying Saturday’s conditions were “far from ideal”, with “exceptional” swells running freely across the surface of the dam.



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