Elderly man drowns at KZN beach

2012-10-13 19:31

Johannesburg - A man drowned when he was swept into the sea at an Amanzimtoti beach, on the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal, on Saturday, paramedics said.

His wife told paramedics that she and her husband were sitting on the beach when a wave swept them both into the water, Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said.

The couple were holiday makers from Pretoria.

"She recalls him saying 'just crawl out' when a second wave pulled them back into the water. She managed to crawl on her hands and knees to safety, but her elderly husband collapsed," said Botha.

Lifeguards managed to pull the man out of the water but he was already dead.

  • CHRISTOS52 - 2012-10-13 19:50

    To the elderly man may his soul rest in peace .

  • giancarlo.groenewald - 2012-10-13 19:51


  • sakhi.TheNextKent.dlala - 2012-10-13 20:45

    he managed to save his wife's life by telling her to crawl out...much respect. May He rest in peace

  • cliff.slabbert - 2012-10-13 20:51

    Poor people, God bless them. RIP.

  • ernest.lwandle - 2012-10-13 21:12

    R . I. P

  • ossewa - 2012-10-14 05:55

    Where were the lifeguards?

      richard.winterton - 2012-10-26 12:15

      Akhunga! Asking a question is not blaming! I also want to know, where were the lifeguards?

  • john.ferreira.1213 - 2012-10-14 07:52

    Really a tragedy, but where were they sitting On the seasand, on the high water mark at low tide or the low water mark at high tide?

  • anele.mveku - 2012-10-14 09:00

    TRAGIC!may his soul RIP

  • hans.himmler.7 - 2012-10-14 20:53

    That Toti coast line is tricky. Seems to be an immediate drop and backwash from shore. I saw grandchildren playing with grandfather on beach. Wave knocked them over, lucky for them they had time to recover, and somehow the grandfather managed to grab one of the kids rolling towards the ocean. I was too far away to help, but it shows you how quickly it can happen. As for the life savers on the day, well what can I say, overweight BEE candidates. It is what it is. Very sorry for the loss. Some useless info, stay calm. If you panic your chances of surviving / getting out of it is minimized.

      gungets.tuft - 2012-10-15 17:18

      Hans - most Sunday duties are volunteers who do lifesaving as a sport. If you thknk they are overweight BEE candidates, pull in on any Sunday and show them how. And before you start on the race thing, watch out. There are a lot of black lifeguards who will kick your backside in ANY lifesaving discipline you choose, then come back and save your life with CPR. You know NOTHING about what happened there but you are willing to make sweeping racial statements. My advice - stay at home, because the next time you go to the beach there is a good chance that that overweight BEE candidate will be saving your life. Every lifesaver is distraught when someone dies on their beach, but they still arrive, Sunday after Sunday, unpaid, to do duty. So, if you can't appreciate that, I suggest yuo go quietly on your way.

      hans.himmler.7 - 2012-10-18 21:13

      I don't have a problem with black lifeguards. I have a problem with the AA-BEE part of it, because it means not the best are appointed for the job. We have seen this at the North Coast. The lifeguard on duty, on the day I was there, was obese and battled a jog on the beach. I am referring to the incident I witnessed, not the reported article - perhaps you should comprehend the contents before prematurely responding.

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