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Police divers recovered the body of the 17 year old Stefan Marais from the Goukou River Mouth near Still Bay at about 12h45pm on Saturday, 20 January 2018. Stefan was reported missing the previous day.

According to information received, the deceased was one of 127 learners from Oakdale Agricultural School in Riversdale taking part in a team-building outing at Still Bay where they participated in various team building activities on Friday 19 January 2018. It is further alleged that the group only discovered that Stefan was not on the bus only after their arrival in Riversdale. At around 6pm on Friday 19 January 2018, Stefan was reported missing at the Still Bay Police station.

Members of the police immediately commenced with a search for the missing teenager with the help of the NSRI and community members. Unfortunately the search had to be called off later due to poor light. The search was resumed at first light on Saturday 20 January 2018, with the same role players. Additional help in the form of aerial support was deployed. The body of the teenager was spotted from a helicopter approximately 300m from the river mouth. On board the helicopter was Stefan’s father, as well as Kobus Crous, owner of Mossel Bay Helicopters. Police divers were deployed to recover Stefan’s body from the water.

An autopsy will be conducted o0n the body during the week to determine the cause of death. Police opened an inquest into the death of Stefan.

Our condolences to the family and friends of Stefan.


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