Ezemvelo to step up safety after child drowns on christmas day

2008-01-03 00:00

FOLLOWING the drowning of a seven-year-old child on Christmas Day and the near-drowning at New Year of a 13-year-old boy at Midmar Dam, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife said it will discuss safety issues soon.

Spokesman Jeff Gaisford said never in their history have they had drownings like this, and they do not have medical personnel or lifeguards on call.

Gaisford reiterated that people swim at their own risk, adding that both the children were wearing jeans in the water — “that is enough to cause trouble”.

Gaisford said Ezemvelo appeals to anyone visiting its dams or dams run by Msinsi to wear proper swimming gear.

Gaisford said the spots where drownings have occurred are very popular and busy.

On Christmas Day Manqoba Mabaso (7) drowned while swimming with two older siblings.

On New Year’s Day, Netcare 911 treated a boy (13) who nearly drowned in Midmar Dam.

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