UK honeymoon couple drowned at Plettenberg Bay, South Africa

Posted Oct 25, 2015 by Anne Sewell
A British couple who were married just six days before have drowned on their South African honeymoon in Plettenberg Bay. The bodies of the couple were found separately by passing members of the public, washed ashore on Robberg Beach Friday.
Robberg Beach in Plettenberg Bay  South Africa
Robberg Beach in Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
John and Lynette Rogers were married on Saturday last week. John, 28 and Lynette 26, traveled first to Dublin and then headed to South Africa for their honeymoon in Plettenberg Bay in the Western Cape.
According to the Evening Standard, just three days after their arrival in South Africa, the couple went for a swim at Robberg Beach where they are thought to have been caught by a rip tide and swept out to sea. No one witnessed the drowning, but one local man found John’s body on the beach some time later that day. Two women walking further down the beach discovered the body of Lynette.
A British couple drowned while on honeymoon in Plettenberg Bay  South Africa
A British couple drowned while on honeymoon in Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
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A rescue team attempted to resuscitate the couple, but regrettably to no avail and both were pronounced dead at the scene by a doctor. The police have since investigated the drowning incident and have ruled it to be an accident. Officials are now working with the British Consol to have the remains sent home to the UK following a medical examination.
The Mirror Online quoted a family friend as saying it was such a “sorrowful, terrible, devastating day.”
“They were two beautiful people just starting out together and now they’ve gone. We’ve been told the authorities believe they got caught in a rip tide while they were swimming at Plett Bay. They were both healthy, both decent swimmers and both very physically fit but the tide was just too much for them.”
As reported by the Inquisitr, after the honeymoon couple were discovered on the beach, a spokesman from the National Sea Rescue Initiative said in a statement that it is believed the couple had gone to swim shortly after arrival in Plettenberg Bay.
According to the spokesman, sea conditions were rough and there was strong rip currents in the area. He continued by saying police have opened an inquest docket and despite the fact no foul play is suspected, the deaths will be investigated.
At present the bodies are with the local forensic pathology service and British authorities are assisting the couple's family in the UK.