Search for Midmar swimmer continues

Herman van Straten has been missing since Saturday when he failed to finish the race.

The search for Midmar Mile swimmer Herman van Straten enters its fourth day. Picture: Jeff Wicks/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The search for missing Midmar Mile swimmer Herman van Straten enters its fourth day today.

Van Straten, from Benoni, has not been seen since Saturday when he failed to finish the race.

Police search and rescue divers have combed the course since his disappearance.

He had been swimming in a company relay event and has competed in the open water swimming competition before.

The search resumed today at first light as exhausted divers took to the waters again.

The specialist divers are searching in areas as large as 46,000 square metres with almost zero visibility and are forced to search the bottom of the dam by feel.