The search for a missing man at Lake Alexandrina has ended in tragedy, with his body found amongst reeds 25km from Milang on Thursday morning, December 3.
The Police Water Operations Unit and the Milang Sea Rescue Squadron returned to Lake Alexandrina on Thursday morning to search for the 31-year-old Brahma Lodge man, who had been missing since last Friday, November 27.
The man had gone onto the lake with a friend on an inflatable canoe from Sheoak Road at Tolderol last Friday morning, and police were called just before 11.30am after the pair had not returned.
The Milang Sea Rescue Squadron partnered with Police Water Operations, PolAir, and local police to search for the men.
Fortunately, one of the men, the 19-year-old from Elizabeth Vale, was found floating in the water about 2.45pm on Friday.
An SA Police spokeswoman said it appeared he had been in the water for a long time, and he was treated by SA Ambulance crews for hypothermia.
The inflatable canoe was located on Friday in the vicinity of the man who has already been found.
The search for the second man continued on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, but it was suspended until Thursday, December 3 due to poor weather conditions making it unsafe for those searching.
Searchers returned to the Milang Boat Ramp at 8am to begin searching the lake again, using hovercraft and jet skis to try to find the man.
Sadly, his body was found amongst reeds off Lake Reserve Road, Mulgundawa, about 25km east of Milang, by Sea Rescue Squadron members aboard a hovercraft just after 11am.
Detectives from Victor Harbor's Crime Investigation Branch will prepare a report for the Coroner, but there are no suspicious circumstances.
SA Police thanked all the local volunteers who had helped search for the men over the last week.