2 presumed drowned in Cape Town

2012-01-19 07:25

Cape Town - Two separate search and rescue missions will continue in Cape Town on Thursday morning for two men presumed drowned after they were swept out to sea.

A 27-year-old man was swept out to sea at Mnandi Beach, Cape Town Disaster Risk Management Centre spokesperson Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said.

"The search and rescue mission has been suspended and will resume at first light on Thursday morning. He is feared lost at sea."

Igshaan Ariefdien was swimming when he found himself in distress. His friend tried to rescue him when a rip current swept them both out to sea.

"The attempts made by his friend to rescue Ariefdien were unsuccessful and he swam to shore for his own safety."

Milnerton rescue goes wrong

Another man was feared drowned after he and a friend tried to help two women in trouble in the water at Milnerton lagoon beach in Cape Town around 16:00, Solomons-Johannes said.

"During the rescue attempt Jerome Booysen, 35, found himself in distress and was swept away by a strong rip current. His friend and the two women were recovered by a surfer."

The three then "absconded from the scene".

The effort to find both Booysen and Ariefdien involved the National Sea Rescue Institute, the SA Red Cross Air Mercy Service's helicopter and the police diving unit.

  • madsipho - 2012-01-19 08:03

    People stay out of water please!

  • Nitro - 2012-01-19 08:17

    Why the hell did the 3 abscond the scene???

  • procold2 - 2012-01-19 08:47

    if you dont know the sea anything deeper than your knees is dangerous,RIP

  • clownpantsville - 2012-01-19 08:49

    i never swim in cape town. this is why, aside from sharks.

      Nitro - 2012-01-19 08:53

      thought you gonna say because the water is freezing

  • Robyn - 2012-01-19 09:02

    My question is, where were the life guards? They're trained to save people from drowning not so?...Hope the rescue team find them. I admire their bravery. My thoughts and prays go out to their families.

      Jono - 2012-01-19 09:55

      Robyn, unfortunately these beaches are not the main stream beaches and often lifeguards are only on duty on these beaches over the festive period & easter!

      leigh.pollock - 2012-01-19 10:13

      Robyn, there used to be lifegaurds at the lagoon and the council stopped it, council needs to set this up again. The lifegaurds at Milnerton are doing a sterling job!

      procold2 - 2012-01-19 10:29

      dont under stand why you got a thumbs down, i dont live in CT and would have asked the same question,seems leigh has answered the question.

      Bianca - 2012-01-19 10:42

      Due to school holidays being over, lifeguards are now only on duty over weekends until easter period. During the PRO season council cut the normal amount of PRO lifeguards to a lower number, only other assistance was to get more voluntary people to work which was not as easy as seems. Milnerton Surf Lifesaving Club actually dispatched their rescue boat and assisted with the search (not mentioned in the article) - well done to them for taking an initiative. Numbers are limited for lifeguards, if you are interested in joining or know of family or friends wanting to join the lifesaving clubs in the areas and help make our beaches safer I'm sure contact details can be arranged for all interested. It also helps if people of the public read the signs/signage boards at the beaches.

  • Jono - 2012-01-19 09:12

    I went in to save a person over the weekend in Betty's bay who firstly could hardly swim & secondly had been drinking & thirdly went into the water when the rip tide was extremely strong! Luckily I used to be a lifesaver and I was helped by another guy at the beach and we managed to get the guy into shore safely. He was very lucky to be alive and have his life!

      Bianca-Anne - 2012-01-19 09:20

      Jono = Hero! We salute you.

      Aliyah - 2012-01-19 11:36

      i thought u not supposed to drink at the beach?? well done Jono!!!!!

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