22 dead - fears of more drownings

2012-01-08 22:38

Johannesburg - At least 22 people drowned along South Africa's coastline since the start of 2012, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said on Sunday.

This figure includes six people who were still missing and presumed to have drowned, said spokesperson Craig Lambinon.

Another three people died inland in a boating accident in Bronkhorspruit.

The institute said it feared this figure would increase in the coming week as people make the most of their holiday before returning to work and school.

"..The full moon spring tide which causes the strongest rip currents to prevail...will last until later this week and we urge recreational bathers and boaters to exercise extreme caution," said Lambinon.

  • cosmos.ndebele - 2012-01-09 00:00

    If you cant swim just stay out of the water or else risk drowning!!!

      barry.mcbride - 2012-01-09 01:23

      Yeah, I agree with you but “strong rip currents” are very hectic, even if one can swim well. I experienced a moderate one as a surfer in Plettenberg Bay about fourteen years ago and had to go with it.

  • Paul - 2012-01-09 06:33

    What kind of headline is this? Come on guys, at least apply the basics.

  • malcolm - 2012-01-09 07:19

    Sadly, many of kids that drown in South Africa, wont even be missed by their parents for a week or two. After they sober up and get on the bus to go home, then only do they realise the kids are missing. It happens every year in Durban, and never ceases to amaze me.

  • Silvana - 2012-01-09 11:06

    I blame this on the ignorance of the inland holidaymakers of how treacherous the ocean can be. I was almost of victim many years ago because of my ignorance and disregard of the deignated swimming zones put up by lifeguards. I am sure that these fatalities would be reduced if fliers, edicating holidaymakers, were given out at tolling booths.

      Silvana - 2012-01-09 11:09

      should read..."designated" not deignated.. and "educating" not edicating.

  • Wesley - 2012-03-28 09:51

    @BmB the day in question was INSANE...10ft + surf.. the kid had been warned atleast 8 times in total...not only the beach was closed but the tidal pool it was 2 dangerous to swim there..

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