Two more children added to list of drownings in KZN

2014-01-06 00:00

TWO more children drowned in KZN at the weekend.

In Durban, a five-year-old girl drowned in a pool at South Beach yesterday afternoon.

According to Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha, lifeguards found the child unresponsive in the pool at around 2.30 pm. Despite extended and advanced resuscitation efforts, she was declared dead at the scene, he said.

Near Pietermaritzburg on Saturday, an eight-year-old boy drowned in a small dam in Lynnfield Park, near Ashburton.

KZN EMS spokesperson Robert McKenzie said that after battling for over half-an-hour to resuscitate the child, there was no response to treatment and he was “sadly declared dead by the exhausted paramedics”.

• On Wednesday, one person was reported missing in the north of Pipeline Beach area in Amanzimtoti, a non-bathing area.

eThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo said lifeguards made 28 rescues on New Year’s Eve and 32 on New Year’s Day.

• In a separate incident, a body was retrieved on the Durban north beach yesterday, Parks and Recreation deputy head Christo Swart said.

He said they do not believe that the person drowned on one of their beaches as their lifeguards had not reported or received any report of a missing person around that time. He could not speculate on how it landed on their beach.

The National Sea Rescue Institute in Richards Bay on Thursday found the body of a man floating about two kilometres off-shore of Richards Bay.

They were alerted to the body by a fishing boat, which remained in the area to direct rescuers to the body.

Spokesperson Craig Lambinon said the unidentified body was handed over to the police and the forensic pathology services. No one has come forward to report a missing person.

• A 17-year-old boy nearly drowned at Umgababa beach on the South Coast on Thursday. Botha said the teenager was swept out in a rip current and was rescued by lifeguards.

• Meanwhile, Umhlathuze local municipal spokesperson Vukile Mathabela told The Witness that a mother and her two children, aged 12 and 13, were caught in a rip current and were swept out to sea. They were rescued by lifeguards and taken to hospital by Netcare 911 paramedics.

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