Diver drowns in Meyerton

2012-01-26 07:41

Johannesburg - A recreational diver drowned in the Henley-on-Klip lake in Meyerton on Wednesday night, paramedics said.

The man in his 20s was doing recreational diving at night when he got into difficulty, said ER 24 spokesperson Derrick Banks.

He said people on the scene started cardio pulmonary resuscitation because he was not breathing.

"Paramedics arrived and tried to resuscitate him. After a long battle, he was declared dead on the scene."

Banks said it was not clear what had happened as the man was not in deep water.

  • douglasnorval - 2012-01-26 08:23

    Not Good news at all.

      procold2 - 2012-01-26 11:58

      right alister but i dont think there are any in bass lake

  • kardollie - 2012-01-26 08:23

    with all due respect to the fella that drowned at Soetwater,if he had a crayfish bag on him that meant that he was to take out crayfish.That is poaching as the crayfish season closed the 15 of Jan.

      Jannie - 2012-01-26 08:37

      if he died without a crayfish bag at Soetwater.. then you would have had his sympathy? maybe he didnt know the season closed? Maybe he was an ignorant vaalie just wanting to try and see if he can catch a kreefie?

      Hotkop - 2012-01-26 08:46

      Is there crayfish in that lake?

      procold2 - 2012-01-26 08:53

      kardollie please read again,he died in meyerton which is far from the sea i presume bass lake and there are no crayfish in the lake as it is fresh water, condolences to family 20 years old still a kid.

      Alastair - 2012-01-26 09:20

      @procold2 Crayfish are fresh water ,lobsters are saltwater!!!!

      Sonnyjakes - 2012-01-26 09:26

      @Alastair, crayfish in Meyerton?

      rhodgkiss - 2012-01-27 07:35

      This was a totally different incident...Soetwater is not Bass Lake. The only thing you can catch in Bass Lake is hypothermia.

  • Ronnie - 2012-01-26 08:30

    "when he got into difficulty" who typed this, a 5 year old?

      Jannie - 2012-01-26 08:35

      or someone with the IQ of a Raisin.

      Jay - 2012-01-26 10:24

      nothing wrong with that English!

  • Jannie - 2012-01-26 08:34

    RiP to him and condolences to the family

  • Silver - 2012-01-26 08:49

    I don’t get it. It doesn’t make sense. If you have a proper dive plan, you have your dive buddy and you dive properly and follow what you have learned it is almost impossible to drown. Would like to know what really happened. RIP.

      Deon - 2012-01-26 16:39

      Probably no dive buddy?

  • BuzzM - 2012-01-26 09:12

    Yeah! Great reporting! NOT!!! Firstly, isn't this Bass Lake? Secondly, nobody did any leg-work to get the story! There are a number of basic questions that could be asked: Night dive? Dive properly planned? Qualification of diver(s) involved? Where was the dive buddy? What did the buddy do or observe about the situation? There is normally a full investigation in an incident like this, i.e. autopsy, gear and air analysis etc. Now we just have to wait for a real reporter to do the job properly! RIP! My condolences to friends and loved ones!

      Citizen - 2012-01-26 09:54

      Please get real, a night dive in Bass lake with 2m Vis, and you ask where was his buddy, you cant see crap in Bass lake at the best of times, at night all you will see is bobbing cylumes, cant blame the buddy, RIP chap, go well

  • Citizen - 2012-01-26 10:40

    @jannie and Kardollie and all you other idiots who dont actually read the story before you have your 1 cents worth, get off the comments platform if all you want to see is your name in print...thats what the Beeld personals are for!

  • tonilindeque - 2012-01-26 11:33

    there are two deaths covered here, Soetwater is a resort in Capetown, he was diving in the sea, Meyerton is an inland dive site....SA is clocking up the statistics here but remember anyone no matter how well they plan a dive or how well they are qualified could find themsleves in trouble with a sudden heath issue.

      steven.hartman1 - 2012-01-26 11:49

      Hey Tony i agree thats why a regular dive medical is important. Condolences to the family.

      Peter - 2012-01-26 16:31

      Did they change the wording of the article, I see no mention of Soetwater? Only one death covered in this article, with the usual lack of even basic detail.

  • Lauren - 2012-01-26 12:49

    @kardollie dont make comments about things you have no clue about. Bass Lake is a fresh water quarry south of JHB. It has bass, leeches and loads of mud. No Crayfish. Sympathies to the family, and I hope they find the cause. Never nice to lose a loved one, but particularly if it was preventable.

  • inge.malan - 2012-01-26 13:40

    I'm really sorry to hear about this incident - Condolences to the family. I'm doing my Advanced OW at Bass Lake this weekend. I'm doing a night-dive to qualify. Accidents like these haunt you. I phoned Bass Lake to find out happened - No comment. It would be nice if they could tell us just a little more. I don't want personal, gory details, I want to know the basics. Where was his dive buddy or dive group? All of this is seriously sketchy... It looks like they're trying to cover something up.

      Lauren - 2012-01-26 23:34

      Don't worry about your course, the more you stress, the more likely you are to make a mistake. You will be with a qualified instructor, and I'm sure your buddy. Do your pre-dive safety checks, and remember your skills. If you are too nervous, choose another advanced dive that can be done in day light (wreck, deep, performance buoyancy, search & recovery, altitude or computer diving are all suitable choices - you only need to choose 5), or don't be afraid to cancel the dive until you are more confident. Diving is meant to be fun and exciting... Not terrifying. Best of luck.

  • jaco.dupreez2 - 2012-01-26 15:39

    This is not good news at all. My question would be who was the instructor who did his courses, CESA is practised from 9m and then where was his buddy on a night dive you are thought to stay within a meter of your budy. This is skills divers must do before qualification. Let this be a wakup for all instructors if a student cant do the skills he can not pass no matter how angry they get. In any case my thoughts goes out to his fammily. R.I.P

      rhodgkiss - 2012-01-27 07:42

      Jaco there is no indication in the initial report as to whether this was a student or not...even qualified divers dive at inland sites. I do agree with you however that the decision to qualify a diver must be based on the competence of the diver rather than the duration of the course, I am sure however that MOST instructors would use this a deciding factor.

  • yash.bridgmohan - 2012-01-27 15:24

    That is unfortunate.

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