Drownings: Children most at risk

2010-12-06 00:00

AMID a spate of recent drownings, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) has called on holidaymakers to tajke extra care around swimming pools, the coast and inland waters — especially when bathing, paddling, boating, angling or surfing.

Yesterday morning, the body of a 13-year-old boy identified as Sthembiso Ngubo was found. He drowned at Henley Dam on Friday.

SA Police Force spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan said Ngubo’s body could not be retrieved on Saturday as the water was still high. His friend Nkosingiphile Zulu (13) survived the incident.

In Durban on Saturday morning, a 25-year-old man was found floating at the Durban South beach in front of Tropicana .

SAPF spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said the man, identified as Godfrey Mushameya, was apparently swimming when the incident occurred.

NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon said the coastline has extremely strong rip-currents throughout the year and bathers should bwe careful at all times. Children between the five and 14 are statistically at greatest risk of drowning.

Lambinon said children should be supervised by responsible adults near water and he urged boaters and paddlers to wear life-jackets.

• Only go to beaches where and when lifeguards are on duty. Identify where the lifeguards are. Swim only in the safe swimming zones, indicated by red and yellow flags.

• Don’t venture too deeply into the water and delegate a responsible person to watch over children while they are swimming.

• Anglers should wear life-jackets, and never turn their backs to the sea while angling from the rocks.

• Don’t drink alcohol if you are going boating or swimming.

 

SEA RESCUE EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS:

Richards Bay: 035 905 3444 or 035 753 1991

Durban: 031 361 8567

 

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