South Coast sees two drowning incidents in New Year

2015-01-02 00:00

SCORES of people headed to Durban’s beaches on New Year’s Day after heavy rains washed out many New Year’s Eve plans.

But while thousands enjoyed some fun in the sun, for two families started 2015 on a tragic note following two drowning incidents on the South Coast.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said a man, believed to be in his late thirties, drowned at the Pipeline Pool on the beach front in Amanzimtoti yesterday afternoon.

According to eyewitnesses, the man was swimming and then disappeared under the water. He was rescued by life guards at the pool who tried to ­resuscitate him. He died despite their best efforts.

Police are investigating the events leading up to the drowning.

Further down the coast at Margate, a man is missing, presumed drowned, after he jumped from the pier yesterday morning.

Exactly what happened is still unclear, but police search and rescue teams were out throughout the day to try to find the man.

At Hibberdene, two men are in a serious condition after a near drowning.

They reportedly got into difficulty in the water, but quick action from the life guards saved their lives.

Netcare 911 paramedics stabilised the two men and then transported them to hospital.

Eugene Msomi, from Durban Metro traffic, meanwhile, said officers had been forced to close vehicle access to the beachfront precinct yesterday afternoon.

“It is currently jam-packed,” he told The Witness, “so we have had to close it off to try and sort the traffic situation out.”

Msomi added that while 11 people had been arrested in spot checks by Metro Police, the general behaviour of the public had been good.

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