11-year-old drowns along False Bay coastline

2015-09-06 22:37

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Cape Town - An 11-year-old boy has drowned after being swept out to sea at Mnandi Beach on the False Bay coastline on Sunday afternoon, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said. 

NSRI Strandfontein deputy station commander Heinrich van der Rhede said in a statement that there were eyewitness reports of a drowning around 14:00. 

The NSRI, police, emergency medical services and the City of Cape Town's fire and rescue services responded to the incident. 

"On arrival... law enforcement marine officers launched rescue craft from the beach and recovered the body of an 11-year-old unidentified male, believed to be from Philippi, from the water. Once on the beach fire and rescue services paramedics declared the male deceased," Van der Rhede said. 

"It appears that a group of children, believed to be friends, were swimming at the beach when the 11-year-old was swept out to sea by rip currents and succumbed to drowning.

"The body of the deceased child has been handed into the care of the forensic pathology services. Police have opened an inquest docket and are attempting to locate the child’s family."

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