- The body of missing Ironman athlete David Bellet-Brissaud was found in Port Elizabeth harbour on Thursday
- Police sniffer dogs alerted officials to the possible location of the body on Thursday afternoon
- An inquest docket has been opened into the incident, but police do not suspect any foul play
The body of the missing Ironman athlete, David Bellet-Brissaud, has been recovered from the Port Elizabeth harbour. The 48-year-old had been missing since the early hours of last Friday morning.
Police sniffer dogs helped to alert officers to the possible location of the body on Thursday afternoon. Divers were sent into the water and located Bellet-Brissaud’s body within 10 minutes.
Police spokesperson, Colonel Pricilla Naidu, confirmed that his body had been recovered shortly before 16:00. She said the body had been kept below water by tyre tied with a rope to his feet.
Briefly.co.za gathered that police have opened an inquest docket but do not suspect any foul play at this stage.
Bellet-Brissaud hailed from Gabon and was due to take part in the Standard Bank Ironman Africa Championship last weekend, he was accompanied by his wife Lydia.
Bellet-Brissaud never took part in the event, he went missing from his hotel in the early hours of last Friday morning.
Police concentrated on the harbour area because Bellet-Brissaud was last seen in that vicinity on CCTV footage. Naidu said CCTV footage of a man leaping between the chokka boats had been mistakenly identified as Bellet-Brissaud.
"Additional CCTV footage was obtained and reviewed by police, which showed David walking along another jetty, which is close to where the body has been recovered," she said.
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