Child drowns in Cape tidal pool

2012-01-08 18:28

Cape Town - A 7-year-old boy drowned at Harmony Park near Cape Town on Sunday, a city official said.

The child found himself in difficulty in the tidal pool at Harmony Park resort in the Strand, disaster risk management spokesperson Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said.

"The boy was swimming with his friends unsupervised."

Solomons-Johannes said lifeguards and paramedics performed CPR on the patient for an hour.

"The efforts to revive the minor were unsuccessful... The family is in a state of shock and arrangements have been made to provide emergency psychosocial trauma counselling."

  • Squeegee - 2012-01-08 18:47

    Third strand fatality in a week. Sad.

  • Ken - 2012-01-08 18:50

    So very,very tragic. Parents, please look after your little ones. I do understand how the parents must feel. My eldest son was killed when he was 19. My condolences to the family at this very sad time. May God be with you.

  • Paul - 2012-01-08 19:45

    How can a 7 year old be left alone swimming long enough to drown? Shame on their parents, even worse now, the death of their child. So sad and necessary.

      Ken - 2012-01-08 22:16

      I agree with your logic, but I do believe that you are being very insensitive.

  • Mel - 2012-01-08 20:15

    Stupid irresponsible parents not watching their child so selfish. I hope they don't have other children as they don't deserve to be parents.

      Ken - 2012-01-08 22:17

      Hi Mel, How about a little empathy ?

  • Sandy - 2012-01-09 10:05

    Why wont parents listen and read of these incidents, I have 5 grandchildren and if they are with me, I don't leave them out of my sight, it doesn't matter if they can swim, accidents do happen, and its increasing daily.

  • Pennie - 2012-01-09 10:29

    I grew up in the Strand and can count the drowning over the years on my one hand. What the hell is going on the last number of years? Strand beach is one of the safest beaches in the country! If you cannot swim, do not want to keep an eye on your children and want to get drunk - stay away from the beach!

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