Durban man collapses and dies in game of beach soccer

2012-01-03 00:00

PORT ELIZABETH — A Durban man collapsed and died on the beach at Jeffrey’s Bay on New Year’s day.

Wesley Allers (29), a restaurant manager, was playing football with friends in the shallows when the ball hit him on the head.

He collapsed and could not be revived, friends said.

Friend Lee Wallach said yesterday: “The lifeguards were right there. They didn’t know what to do. No one could help Wes.”

Wallach, one of Allers’s best friends for 14 years, said he and other friends dragged Allers out of the water and called for help.

Hendrik Alberts, a firefighter with first-aid experience, happened to be on the beach and began mouth-to- mouth resuscitation, his daughter, Tanya, said.

However, Allers was already blue in the face when the attempt to revive him began.

National Sea Rescue Institue spokesperson Craig Lambinon confirmed that their personnel also tried in vain to save Allers.

The exact cause of Allers’s death has not yet been determined, but it is understood that six years ago he suffered permanent damage to his heart after being stabbed during a robbery.

Medical personnel said this could have contributed to his death.

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