Beaches: Calm as thousands leave for home

2011-01-11 00:00

DURBAN sea rescuers breathed a sigh of relief over the weekend as thousands of holiday makers left for their homes after spending almost a month at the beaches over the festive season.

Ethekwini Municipality’s deputy head of Parks, Leisure and Cemeteries, Christo Swart, said about 90 000 people spent time at the beaches, and 12 were rescued from drowning.

“On Saturday, most of the first aid administered was due to blue bottle and jellyfish stings. No drownings were reported,” he said.

He said 13 500 armbands were issued to help identify missing children and reunite them with their families.

He also said 70 children were reunited with their families after being kept overnight at the prepared facilities.

Durban Metro Police spokesperson Eugene Msomi said police had an easy time as there was a low incidence of criminal activities at the beaches.

He said controlling drunken driving kept officers busy.

“Other crimes were very petty, such as mugging, as compared to previous years. Even those crimes were less.”

Msomi said 150 metro police officers were deployed at the beaches everyday.

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