Search for drowned child continues

2016-12-18 21:10
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Durban - The search of a missing four-year-old boy, who disappeared while swimming in the surf zone at Pearl Bay in Yzerfontein, continues on Sunday.

This as hundreds of thousands of holiday makers flock to beaches across the country on the Reconciliation Day long weekend.

NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon said that rescue volunteers were notified of the missing boy on Saturday afternoon.

"On arrival on the scene an extensive sea, air and shore search revealed no sign of the child and a police dive unit joined the search and they will continue with an ongoing search operation. Police have opened an investigation," he said.

"It appears that a family from Malmesbury were on the beach for the day. During the rising tide the child is believed to have been playing in the water when rip currents swept the child out to sea," he added.

In Durban, police search and rescue unit divers are searching for a 20-year-old man who went missing while swimming in the early hours of Sunday morning.

It is understood that the man had gone swimming at New Beach shortly after midnight with two friends when he got into difficulty and disappeared in the surf.

In another incident, police divers were called to the Dakota beach river mouth for a report of a drowning.

It is understood that a 34-year-old man had gone swimming in the dark while intoxicated, after attending a Department of Transport anti-drunk-driving concert.

Divers located his body after a two hour search and pulled it from the water.

A nine-year-old girl drowned in a resort swimming pool near Kroonstad in the Free State.

Netcare911 spokesperson Chris Botha said that medics had been flagged down while travelling past the resort near Viljoenskroon.

"Paramedics found the resort medics and an advanced life support paramedic from the provincial services doing CPR on a nine-year-old-girl. They assisted for another 15 minutes with resuscitation efforts.

"Tragically, despite their efforts the child was declared dead at the scene," he said.

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