Dad drowns trying to save children

2012-02-19 21:35

Johannesburg - A 30-year-old man drowned on Sunday while trying to rescue his two children who had been swept away by a tide at a river in St Francis Bay in the Eastern Cape, the National Sea Rescue Institute said.

The man got into difficulty and drowned at Kromme River while trying to save his children, said spokesperson Craig Lambinon.

The children managed to reach a channel maker pole and clung on to it. Lambinon said NSIR rescuers swam to the children and flagged down a passing boat which brought them to safety.

Their father's body was recovered from the river approximately 150 meters upstream from where witnesses and his family had last seen him, he said.

  • Makatikamusona - 2012-02-19 21:42

    Can the dad swim though, just interested to know.

      Tulani - 2012-02-20 06:46

      do u have brains ? just interested to know

      Lyndatjie - 2012-02-20 07:19

      You Sir are a PILLOCK!

      Mhlophe - 2012-02-20 08:20

      The man is a hero, nothing less. RIP

      Peter - 2012-02-20 08:29

      Nothing wrong with your question Maka but when kids are involved,sometimes people don't think before they take action.Some would say "rather a live coward than a dead hero".At least the kids survived.

      JJ - 2012-02-20 08:43

      And what if he didn't? Should he have just stood by and watch his OWN CHILDREN possibly drown? He's a hero, much more than i can say about you...coward!

      Gareth - 2012-02-20 08:45

      I think this is a perfectly valid question Makatika. Ignore the nearly 100 'knee-jerk-athletes' disliking your comment. If the father was a weak swimmer, it just show's how dedicated a parent he was trying to save them. If he couldn't swim, it's an even greater indicator of his devotion to his children. As i said, ignore the knee-jerks.

      Makatikamusona - 2012-02-20 10:06

      Thanks @Gareth, My question was so innocent, I asked because nothing is being said about his swimming abilities, look I understand he drowned after getting into difficulties, was it due to strong tides. I would be interested to know how old those children are. If they could manage to hold on for their dear life and he struggle, and he unfortunately could make it. What he could have delayed the process a couple of seconds; perhaps some help from above/stranger could have saved him too. But I guess News just incomplete stories like this so we could ramble about what happened, surely they must have had an update by now if follow up of their lead

      Makatikamusona - 2012-02-20 10:12

      @ Tulani and @ Lyndatjie please don’t ever be afraid to raise question, the more you get answers, the more you are well informed to take better decision in the near future. I mean if he could not swim what he was doing in the river swimming, relaxing or crossing. If you are informed about all of this next time you want to relax in the river you might need to take someone who knows how to swim with and more importantly watch over your kids so you don’t have to have to rescue them.

      Tulani - 2012-02-20 10:17

      when it comes to ur kidz in danger dez can nor cnt in ur vocab let alone ur thinking

      Makatikamusona - 2012-02-20 10:30

      @Tulani what do you mean, he can and in fact he did take them to the river. If I asked why did he take them there and again we don't know if they have survived because of his effort. And where was the wife, what he wanted to kill them and himself, and luckily they survive, that is possible as well. You need to asked questions to get answers, if don't have the answer or don't know how to answer you can not say question must be asked or they are then they must be in a way only you know how to answer

      E=MC2 - 2012-02-20 10:47

      @makatika -bit of an insensitive question taking the circumstances into account... does it matter? Do you have kids? Cos if mine were drowning, the last thing id worry about was my abilities.

      Lyndatjie - 2012-02-20 11:13

      My problem with your question Makatika is that it is incensitive. A father made a split decision in a situation where logical thinking would have been taken over by the fear of a father about to lose his kids. We should show sympathy to his family and stand by the children who will worry that they caused the death of their father. So instead of making him a hero in their eyes - you would rather point out banalities for the world to see. Whether he could swim or not is not up for discussion as it is not for us to guess, wonder about or point out. We have facts here about a father who made the ultimate sacrifice... Sometimes people forget that friends, family, acquintances and communities who know them read these posts and the comments made. Show them respect for a life lost and for a sacrifice respected....

      Susan - 2012-02-20 11:19

      stop trying to justify your dumb question!!!

      Makatikamusona - 2012-02-20 11:29

      @E=MC2 and @Lyndatjie Unfortunately thus how life is,investigation will be conducted and questioned raised would have to be answered. Imagine if the only reason he alone noticed that children are being swept away was because he was busy sipping Heineken, would you not the say it was irresponsible of him to do so. @Susan unfortunately while we will feel sorry about the loss, unfurtunately some of us finding the answers to the question is our daily Job. Well is all reality, I do sympathize with his children and family, I would also give him the benefit of the double that this has not happen as a result of his negligence.

      Jan - 2012-02-27 15:25

      Can you think? Just intrested

  • TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-02-19 21:59

    Very sad. The currents are so unpredictable. May he rest in peace.

  • Johann Enslin - 2012-02-19 22:06

    Condolences to the family. May his children always remember this brave man.

  • Lynda - 2012-02-19 22:19

    Damn this is so sad

  • Abigail Fourie - 2012-02-19 22:27

    My sincerest condolences to his family. It must have been an awful experience. May he rest in piece

      Makatikamusona - 2012-02-19 23:33

      @Abigail Fourie He drowned not bombed, so William is RIGHT. Peace it is

  • AG.Mogotsi - 2012-02-19 23:39

    so sad

  • Dylan Swanepoel - 2012-02-20 05:28

    He is a hero, payed the ultimate price for his kids! Condolence to the family and friends of this great man.

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  • Rudolph - 2012-02-20 07:34

    Now that's a real man. Taking responsibility for his children and their lives. Tragic, but a hero nonetheless. Respect.

  • Simon - 2012-02-20 09:12

    volraad voltemade

  • Sylvester Mohloli - 2012-02-20 09:42

    i cant swim to save my life, but i am sure i woulda done thb same, this is :(, RIP buddie, you sure are their hero

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-02-20 10:13

    Terribly sad- must be your worst nightmare to see your kids being swept away. The guy sacrificed his own life for them...he "made" them and also died trying to save them. Almost a religious undertone to this story. The boundaries of love will always elude description

  • Paula - 2012-02-20 10:26

    Rest In peace... A true hero...

  • E=MC2 - 2012-02-20 10:49

    RIP, you're what hero's are all about!

  • TMadics - 2012-02-28 13:53

    Sad indeed,

  • Nolubabalo Babsie Komsana - 2013-03-23 11:13

    Rest in peace DAD , am sure the kids are proud of you as you were trying to save their lives

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