A 19-year-old man drowned while swimming with friends in Melmoth on Sunday.

Captain Nqobile Gwala, KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson said the Empangeni search and rescue and the police K9 units attended to a drowning complaint in the Melmoth policing area.

She said “A group of friends went swimming yesterday when the victim decided to swim to the other side of the dam, but he fell into difficulty and drowned”.

The police officers conducted a dive operation to recover the body.

“The 19-year-old male was recovered and handed to Melmoth Saps.

Gwala added that “An inquest docket was opened for investigation”.