Boy drowns in Western Cape

2013-01-18 07:29

Johannesburg - The body of a 10-year-old boy who drowned off Melkbaai Beach, Strand, was recovered on Thursday evening, the National Sea Rescue Institute said.

"During an ongoing search operation a police dive unit... located and recovered the body of the child from under water approximately 50m off-shore," spokesperson Craig Lambinon said in a statement.

The boy was reported missing by his 13-year-old nephew after they went paddling unsupervised on a surfboard on Thursday afternoon.

Gordons Bay duty coxswain Johann Lensink said earlier that, according to the 13-year-old, the younger boy fell off the board and was unable to swim.

The teenager tried to rescue the child, but he disappeared beneath the water.

Police were providing the children's families with trauma counselling.

  • marilyn.docherty.9 - 2013-01-18 07:37

    This is so sad, but - How can parents allow their children to go swimming or to the beach without adult supervision?

      john.volsteedt.1 - 2013-01-18 08:10

      Do the parents even know that they are swimming? It appears that children are left in the care of other children. I watched the rescue unfold while out for a run. and we are fortunate that there were not more deaths with the way the children were crossing beachroad in the rush hour traffic. Crossing is actually the wrong word, more like just running across the road. Two avoided being hit by cars by cm's. Strongs to the parents involved.

      mbulelu.diba - 2013-01-18 10:29

      It is one thing the swim unsupervised when you're a good swimmer 13 if it is in a public swimming place, but you must be mad to allow your kid who is 10 and can not even swim(!) to go any deeper than knee depth.

      Pixi3kid - 2013-01-24 13:48

      Unsupervised! nuff said!

  • henrycharlesmuller - 2013-01-18 07:57

    Photo is of Boulders, not Strand beach! Why do parents allow a child that cannot swim to go deep into the ocean ... I really feel for the child's family, but swimming in the ocean is dangerous for even experienced swimmers!! Parents need to act responsibly

  • john.volsteedt.1 - 2013-01-18 08:16

    Tragic. Two comments for the editorial staff at News24 who are supposedly checking news material before posting; This did not happen at Melkbaai, the usual swimming beach, one of the safest in the country, but at Blakes Beach. It could be his newphew, but a 10 and 13 year old would most likely be cousins.

      bernard.nienaber - 2013-01-18 08:32

      john stop being petty.

      valkerie.koekemoer - 2013-01-18 09:08

      Sorry bernard.nienaber, but I agree with john.volsteedt.1. Let's get the facts straight, otherwise, what's the point of reporting news? It would all be fiction, not so?

      lizette.vanwyk.arts - 2013-01-18 09:46

      I agree, let us respect the victim and his family by reporting it based on accurate information.

  • Siphiwo Khuzwayo - 2013-01-18 08:40

    It is sad when a young life is lost. May his soul, rest in peace and God, to provide comfort to the family and friends during these days of sorrow.

  • caryn.mohamed - 2013-01-20 01:09

    Why is a child of 10 who cant swim in the Ocean? Where are the parents ? Parents are to blame !!

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