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The two boys were aged 17 and 18 respectively – Photo: SAPS / Twitter

Tragic! Two schoolboy rugby stars ‘die by drowning’ in Durban

A drowning incident in Durban has claimed the lives of two young schoolboy rugby players – who were due to play in a tournament this week.

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The two boys were aged 17 and 18 respectively – Photo: SAPS / Twitter

Police in Durban, KZN have confirmed that the bodies of two teen rugby players washed up on shore earlier this morning. The pair, who were in the region for a schools tournament, were aged 17 and 18 respectively – and the drowning incident has left a local community reeling.

Durban drowning: What we know about the victims so far

Multiple inquest dockets have been opened by local authorities, who remain mystified by the tragic discovery. Next of kin have been contacted, and the names of the boys have not yet been made public.

  • The players had been in the province attending a rugby tournament at Durban North College.
  • It’s believed the victims were school boy rugby players from Höerskool Birchleigh, Gauteng.
  • We have also received reports that the teens went swimming on Sunday – but information still remains sketchy.

Schoolboy rugby players ‘found dead’ on Monday morning

The bodies were found at the Laguna Beach and Country Club, just down the road from Durban. It’s has not been made clear exactly how these boys ended up drowning, and SAPS has only released a few confirmatory details so far.

“SAPS, Metro Police and SAR divers recovered the bodies of two male drowning victims, aged 17 and 18, at Laguna Beach and Country Club beach respectively. The boys attended a Rugby Tournament in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) over the weekend. Inquest dockets have been opened.”


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Divers from SAPS, SAR and the Metro Police were all involved in the recovery of youngsters. Hopes of finding the lads alive soon dwindled, and the Police Service confirmed the deaths just before 13:30 on Monday.