Bravery claims two lives

2010-04-03 00:00

TWO men drowned yesterday at Warner Beach while saving the life of a young boy who was swept out to sea by a strong current.

One of the victims was identified by police as a Warner Beach resident, John van Staden (40). From the window of his house he saw the boy get into difficulty and rushed to his aid, said police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Vincent Mndunge.

“He managed to pull the boy out, but was himself overcome by the water,” he said. He said Van Staden’s wife was at the scene of the tragedy.

Mndunge said the other drowning victim is thought to be the father of the boy.

Police have identified the man, who was 45 years old, but by last night had not established his address or made contact with his next of kin, Mndunge said.

“We would not like to publish his name until his family has been informed,” he said. “We are not certain if they were there on holiday,”

He said that by the time police got to the scene, the boy had been taken to hospital.

Netcare 911 spokesman Jeff Wicks said paramedics managed to revive the boy at the scene. He was reported to be in a serious but stable condition at Kingsway Hospital.

Both Netcare 911 and ER24 paramedics who were in the area when they heard about the drowning tried to help lifeguards from Warner Beach to revive the stricken victims, but were unable to save the two men.

Mndunge said that according to the police report, the boy was swimming in a non-demarcated area that was not protected by lifeguards.

The lifeguards were alerted by other beachgoers and raced to help.

Craig Lambinon of the National Sea Rescue Institute said the NSRI was not involved in the rescue.

However, according to reports he received, the water conditions were “quite rough” with strong rip currents creating a “washing- machine effect”.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.