Durban: lifeguards warn after two drownings

2010-02-23 00:00

LIFEGUARDS have urged bathers to only swim in designated areas after two people drowned at Durban beaches at the weekend.

In the first incident, a nine-year-old boy was pulled from the surf off Wedge Beach on Durban’s Golden Mile.

It is believed the boy was swimming in the early hours of Saturday morning when he got into difficulty.

A surfer saw the boy struggling to keep afloat and rushed to his aid. The surfer pulled the lifeless boy from the surf and tried to resuscitate him.

He was declared dead an hour later.

At Winkelspruit beach near Amanzimtoti south of Durban, a 37-year-old man also drowned.

Netcare spokesman Jeff Wicks said that the man had been swimming in the surf when he was pulled out to the backline by a strong rip current.

“It is thought he was immersed in water for nearly three minutes when he was pulled to the shore by lifeguards who had swum to his aid,” Wicks said.

By the time paramedics arrived at the scene, the man was declared dead.

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