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Tawana-Musimurimwa family

Father of Zim teen swept out to sea in Cape Town speaks out. Tawana and his 17-year-old brother Tino went to Table View beach on a fateful day at about noon with their uncle, who had visited from Johannesburg. They were playing in the water when a huge wave, swept them away. Tino and the uncle managed to make their way back back to the beach, but Tawana was not as lucky. Despite attempts to get at him, he was swept away by the wave.

The father of Tawana Musimurimwa, the teenager who disappeared while swimming at Blouberg Beach has said that he wishes to find his son, regardless of the condition he may be in. Tawana was swept out to sea by a rip current on Saturday, March 7, 2020, and his body is yet to be recovered.

First responders from the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI), City of Cape Town lifesavers, the Health Department and Fire and Rescue Services embarked on the search for Tawana but could not find him.

National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) Melkbosstrand station commander Peter O’Hanlon said the teen was swept out to sea by a rip current. “On arrival on the scene, an in-depth sea, air and shoreline search commenced, together with rescue swimmers deployed into the surf conducting free dive sweeping line search efforts, ” said O’Hanlon.

“Despite the extensive search, no sign has been found of the 14-year-old male, who reportedly got into difficulty in the surf while swimming and was swept out to sea by rip currents before disappearing in the surf line,” said O’Hanlon according to the Daily Voice.

Tawana’s heartbroken father, Munyaradzi Musimurimwa has said that all he wants is to find his son. “We received a call at around 4 pm telling us what had happened. We went there, and the rescue team and helicopters were searching, but they didn’t find anything,” he said.

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“It’s very difficult, especially for his brother who saw everything. I am also worried about his mother she hasn’t been eating. I wish I could find my son, in any condition,”

Tawana’s uncle Lloyd Madhinha, 37, said the Grade 9 pupil from Parow High was born in Zimbabwe and had come to Cape Town at eight months old. Lloyd said that the family was still in shock over what had happened. “We are still in shock and waiting for them to retrieve his body,”

Source – iHarare

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