Durban lifeguards foil car theft

2012-03-15 11:43

Durban - Four lifeguards have been hailed as heroes after they foiled a car theft on Durban's North Beach and helped police to arrest the armed suspects.

Pedestrians ran for cover and motorists had to get out of the way as the robbers sped off, reported the Daily News.

The lifeguards were patrolling the area when they saw the suspects tampering with a car. The men had already stolen a car radio from the Fiat Uno.

The lifeguards then blocked in the suspects with their own vehicle and the robbers got into their getaway car and sped off.

The lifeguards chased after them, running red traffic lights in the pouring rain. One official said it was like a scene from an action movie.

The robbers eventually tried to flee on foot but one lifeguard managed to catch one of them. Police tracked down the other three in nearby buildings into which they’d fled. 

The lifeguards were not identified to protect them.

City officials described the lifeguards as heroes, saying they had acted beyond their job description.

  • miyo27 - 2012-03-15 11:50

    Good! now give them a bonus, a day off and a seat on the gravy train

      Ludwig - 2012-03-15 11:59

      NO NO not on the gravy train then they will never be able to catch a thieve again!!!

      Fussed - 2012-03-15 12:26

      Must have been a dry run

  • dyllon.symington - 2012-03-15 12:11

    Brilliant! They should be rewarded! Thanks for making us proud!

  • Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-03-15 12:16

    Who steals a Fiat Uno?

      Fussed - 2012-03-15 12:30

      Criminals, U no

      Fussed - 2012-03-15 12:37

      Just like the ones that break every thing they steel, sa for 1

      Stormkaap - 2012-03-15 12:45

      How do u read..they stole the radio from the uno.. and like somebody once told me, even if you leave your crap in a brown bag someone will steal it!

      Gichumz - 2012-03-15 13:08

      Hahahahahaha good one !!!

      TJ - 2012-03-15 14:01

      They will steal the sugar out of your coffee before you can even stir it or steal the fillings out your mouth without you even knowing it. A freind of mine keeps having her big plant pot stolen out of her yard (they empty the plants out and steal the pots) and all the fruit and vegetables she tries to grow get stolen as well.

  • Rob - 2012-03-15 12:21

    Four less scum to worry about.....Unless they are able to raise the R 300.00 bail.

  • Travis - 2012-03-15 12:33

    AWESOME, Well done owes.

  • Zola - 2012-03-15 12:37

    Give those lifeguards some BELLS!!! God bless them:)

  • Mohsin - 2012-03-15 12:37


  • Stormkaap - 2012-03-15 12:46

    This goes beyond the call of duty!

      Stormkaap - 2012-03-15 12:46

      A civil responsibility no doubt!

  • Randomhero6661 - 2012-03-15 13:10

    i guess its relevant to say BAYwatch?

  • Samukelisiwe Tana Shelembe - 2012-03-15 13:12

    they should replace the saps, nice 1

  • Prudence Pelembe - 2012-03-15 14:21

    Wow, amazing :). They should definitely replace the police patrol...they are too fat to run.

  • berni.venter - 2012-03-15 14:37

    Well done men! That's what happens when ordinary citizens get involved instead of waiting for the cops!

  • Rip - 2012-03-15 15:56

    Good for the lifeguards! But where were the so-called CARguards that are always hanging around at North Beach waiting for a tip after "watching" your car?

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-16 12:39

      The municipality chased them away..

  • elspeth.hassall - 2012-03-16 11:43

    WELL DONE! Guys like you make us proud... hope the City rewards them for going over & beyond their duty!

      Mpume - 2012-05-05 16:36

      Thanx guyz we are sick of these thugs agha..

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