Man drowns off Durban beachfront

2014-12-02 00:00

THE body of a man was found floating in the surf on Durban beachfront ­yesterday morning.

Police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said it was suspected that the man, believed to be in his 30s, drowned on Sunday. He had not been identified yesterday.

Netcare 911 coastal general manager Marc van Heerden said they receive more calls related to drowning and water-associated emergency incidents in December and January than any other months. “Our statistics reveal that the greatest percentage of all drowning incidents throughout the year occur during summer. This is attributable to the high volumes of tourists, both foreign and local, who flock to the beaches during school holidays and over the festive season,” said Van Heerden.

“KwaZulu-Natal saw the highest percentage of drowning incidents during the 12-month period, quite possibly because of the warm ­weather enjoyed all year round in the province,” noted Van Heerden.

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