Drowning: Freak waves swamp durban beach

2008-02-25 00:00

One man was killed and 18 others swept out to sea yesterday afternoon when a freak set of waves swamped a Durban beach.

Nineteen people were swept out to sea when the ankle deep water they were paddling in was suddenly swamped. Lifeguards were able to bring most of the bathers safely back to shore.

However, a man, estimated to be about 40 years old, was brought back to shore not breathing and without a pulse.

Craig Lambinon, spokesman for the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI), said that the NSRI Durban and the Vodacom Netcare 911 Surf Rescue helicopter were called to Durban’s Wedge Beach after reports of a “mass drowning”.

When they arrived on the scene, they joined efforts to resuscitate the man, but he was later declared dead by paramedics.

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