'Drunk' man, 60, drowns in tidal pool

2011-12-26 10:04

Cape Town - An elderly man drowned at the Dalebrook tidal pool in Cape Town, the city's Disaster Risk Management Centre said on Monday.

The centre's head Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said the man began to struggle in the water and was gasping for air, before friends and bystanders pulled him out of the tidal pool.

Once on shore, the man began vomiting and then died before 2pm on Sunday.

The incident happened at the tidal pool situated between St James and Kalk Bay.

Solomons-Johannes said people at the tidal pool told officials the man was drunk before he went into the water.

The man was approximately 60-years-old. He was apparently homeless and used to sleep behind the Wynberg Magistrate's Court.

An inquest docket has been opened.

  • Ben - 2011-12-26 10:12

    What was the last thing he did in his life?

      Anthony - 2011-12-26 10:45

      drinking on the beach? where were the cops

      John - 2011-12-26 19:18

      @ Anthony Drinking on the beach?...Never seen that one before. Cops were at the entries of the beach watching and preventing smash and grab. Just imagine how many police officers are needed to walk on the South African beaches in alcohol/drugs "search and destroy" mission. Yeah Anthony...we need police in bath suits in our beaches.

      daniel.w.gie - 2012-01-04 21:34

      had a bath

  • Natch - 2011-12-26 12:32

    @bbmayekiso: what a chop!

  • Zinhle - 2011-12-26 14:53

    You are right Rene.

  • charockthony - 2011-12-26 20:06

    D RESULT of beer but no he lived too long

  • Ingrid - 2011-12-26 20:39

    Oh, and by the way, he did not drown, he died because he choked in his vomit (outside of the pool) - that is the story I get when reading the whole article above.....

  • Carla - 2011-12-26 21:38

    Tragic end for a tragic life. His spirit is now at rest so let him RIP.

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