Tragedy has struck former Western Province and Springbok wing, Breyton Paulse.

Two women believed to be close relatives of the former rugby player have drowned in Hermanus.

The bodies of the victims aged 60 and 62 from Ceres, were found at the Old Harbour, on Sunday.

The National Sea Rescue Institute members and other emergency crews responded to reports about bodies floating in the water.

NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon says they located and recovered the bodies and brought them onto the rescue craft.

But he says sadly they were declared dead on the scene.

“They were brought to the NSRI rescue station where CPR was continued by paramedics. Sadly, after all efforts to resuscitate the two females were exhausted, they were declared deceased by paramedics. The SA Police Services were activated and an inquest docket has been opened. The bodies of the two sisters, aged 60 and 62, from Ceres, have been taken into the care of Government Health Forensic Pathology Services”.