Another tragic drowning at lake

2017-11-22 06:01

ANOTHER teenager has tragically lost his life when he drowned in Lake Merthley last Saturday November 18, just a month after the previous drowning.

The 18-year-old Lungise Ngubane from Muden was swimming with friends when he failed to surface. An alarm was raised and Greytown SAPS and the search and rescue team from Pietermaritzburg and their divers located the body.

On Sunday October 15 a similar tragedy took place when 17-year-old Ntokozo Mbambo, who had been swimming with friends, drowned. Due to the low level of the lake as a result of the drought, Umvoti Municipality closed Lake Merthley to the public two years ago. However, access is easy – there is no gate guard on duty and the boundary fences have been vandalised and stolen. Judging from the high temperatures already being experienced, the coming summer months are going to be very hot and a dip in the lake could be tempting.

It is hoped that the municipality will take immediate action to secure the lake, which is still closed and that schools, before closing for the holidays, will conduct safety in the water sessions regularly.

Let’s do everything possible to prevent a third drowning tragedy.

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