The parents of a British model who died after being pulled from the sea at a South African beach are appealing for witnesses to come forward.
Sinead Moodliar, 19, a Cambridge University student, was on holiday in the resort town of Umhlanga in KwaZulu-Natal when she was found in the ocean, The Sun reported.
Her body was reportedly pulled from the water by lifeguards on Boxing Day and her pulse was regained with CPR.
Sinead Moodliar, 19, was alive when she was pulled from the water but died a short time later. Picture: CEN/AustralscopeSource:australscope
The 19-year-old was rushed to a local hospital for emergency care but died shortly after, according to her father, Bob Moodliar.
The teenager, who was signed to a London modelling agency, had been staying at her parents’ flat in the town while they were in the UK at the time of the tragedy.
Her grieving dad told reporters his daughter had been watching the sunrise with a friend at the beach with her feet in the water.
The young woman’s death has shattered her family, who are now seeking answers. Picture: CEN/AustralscopeSource:australscope
Mr Moodliar said it was believed she was hit by a freak wave and she could have been smashed into rocks close by.
Ms Moodliar was working towards a degree in philosophy at Cambridge University.
Her father said the university had decided to award her the degree posthumously because of the results she had already achieved.
Sinead Moodliar was a Cambridge University student and model. Picture: CEN/AustralscopeSource:australscope
He said finding out the exact circumstances of her death would help bring closure to what had been “one long nightmare for our family”.
He and his wife Noeleen flew to South Africa as soon as they heard she had been pulled from the water — but were informed upon landing that their daughter had died.
Mr Moodliar is now appealing for any witnesses to come forward as there is a gap in knowing exactly what happened between her leaving their flat and being rescued.
It is believed she was taken by a freak wave. Picture: CEN/AustralscopeSource:australscope
He said his daughter had planned to study a masters degree in political science before pursuing a career in politics, adding that she looked up to former South African leader Nelson Mandela.
It is unclear if a police investigation has been launched or if foul play is suspected.
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