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Air search for missing boy

2012-01-02 23:04

Durban - An aerial search for a 10-year-old boy who is presumed to have drowned off Pennington on KwaZulu-Natal's South Coast will start on Tuesday morning.

This, after divers gave up their search in diminishing light on Monday evening, Netcare 911 spokesperson Jeffrey Wicks said.

"Common cause information indicates that the boy was swimming in the surf and got into distress," he said.

"Witnesses report the boy disappearing beneath the water."

"The cause of the accident and the series of events leading up to it remain unclear and will form the subject of a police investigation."

Comments
  • Bob - 2012-01-03 05:54

    Very sad!

      Squeegee - 2012-01-03 06:21

      Hope they find him soon.

      Squeegee - 2012-01-03 12:00

      To the thumbs down people on my comment above... Does your thumbs down mean you hope that this little boy will not be found soon?

  • Mark Pretorius - 2012-01-03 06:27

    I was on the beach yesterday and from the behavior of the crowd, a drowning was inevitable. The previous two days had seen hordes of drunk and unruly people on the beach. Lifesavers were totally ignored. Yesterday, as lifesavers seeked to control the crowd, a group of drunk, chanting people rushed into the sea encouraging others to follow. This lead to a stream of people rushing into a sea that was very rough. Lifeguards did try, but they were overwhelmed by the crowd. Individuals were of no help as we witnessed the same people constantly ignoring attempts to keep them safe. One person kept on moving the flags demarcating the swimming area! The drowning was terrible and put a damper on everyones holiday. I can't help but thinking that all this could have been avoided had people adhered to the lifesavers requests. My thoughts do go out to the family and life guards who must all be traumatised. To those who created the mayhem that lead up to the tragedy, hope the sacrifice of a young life will make you think about your behavior.

      Jason de Jongh - 2012-01-03 16:18

      Well put Mark. My family and I were also on the beach when it happened and it was chaos! The lifeguards are there for a reason, but people underestimate the strength of the ocean!!! My heart goes out to the family and loved-ones - those two boys who swam in to help search must have been friends or family....especially traumatic for them :(

  • Douglas - 2012-01-03 07:37

    @Mark - were the people behaving badly "entitled South Africans"

  • Jason de Jongh - 2012-01-04 10:42

    Does anyone know if they have found the boy yet?

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