A newlywed couple was found dead on a South African beach on Friday after apparently drowning in what authorities describe as a “strong” riptide.
The pair, Lynette and John Rodgers of Northern Ireland, were in South Africa for their honeymoon.
A local man found the young couple washed ashore on Robberg Beach in Plettenberg Bay, a town on the Western coast of the country. Efforts made to revive them proved unsuccessful, and they were declared dead at the scene.
Craig Lambinon, a spokesperson for South Africa's National Sea Rescue, released a statement addressing the couple's death and offered condolences to the families.
The families of the victims released a joint statement to Sky News early Sunday morning, saying:
South African authorities have launched an official investigation into the incident, which is being treated as a tragic accident. Additionally, the UK Foreign Office said it was “providing assistance” to the families of the victims.