Man dies on Cape beach

2012-01-08 08:49

Johannesburg - A 58-year-old man died after being stung by bluebottles while swimming at the Strand near Cape Town late on Saturday afternoon, the City of Cape Town's Disaster Management said.

Roland Singh of Athlone suffered severe anaphylactic shock as a result of the stings. Although he was helped from the water by his friend, Ronald Andrew Kumar Singh, and lifeguards and given CPR by the lifeguards he could not be revived and died shortly afterwards.

Wilfred Solomons-Johannes, acting head of Cape Town's disaster operations centre, said a fatal allergic reaction to a blue bottle sting was extremely rare.

"A sensitive individual, who is prone to allergies, can have an extreme reaction to the toxins in the blue bottle's venom," he said.

"An allergic reaction can lead to fever, heart and lung failure."

In another incident a 36-year-old man from Elsies River drowned in the tidal pool at the Harmony Park Resort near Gordon's Bay.

Solomons-Johannes said witnesses saw Osbourne De Morne swimming in deep water. Another beachgoer brought him ashore where lifeguards initiated CPR but were unable to revive him. In the morning a surfer rescued a nine-year-old boy who got into difficulty off Hout Bay beach. Mlami Busakwe from Khayelitsha was brought ashore by Danny Barnard of Hout Bay. The child, accompanied by his mother, was taken to Victoria Hospital for observation.

At Kogel Bay near Somerset West nine-year-old Keenan Fortuin of Elsies River was given CPR and revived after nearly drowning in the tidal pool.

The child was rescued by Law Enforcement & Specialised Services offices and members of the public. He was taken to Helderberg Hospital and later transferred to Tygerberg Hospital.

  • Graziella - 2012-01-08 08:52

    The Strand is not near Cape Town at all, Camps Bay is, Muizenberg is, Blauberg is, you pork chops.

      Danie - 2012-01-08 09:09

      It's a mere 49Km's that's not far...

      phillip.havenga - 2012-01-08 09:21

      Strand is close it's like a 30 min drive if you're crawling along.

      JohnSA02 - 2012-01-08 09:42

      It's part of the greater City of Cape Town.

      Geraldv - 2012-01-08 09:44

      Its nearer than Sodwana!!

      Bundubabe - 2012-01-08 09:56

      IT'S RELATIVE, pork chop... it's closer to Cape Town than it is to Johannesburg, or Durban!!!

      Walter - 2012-01-08 09:59

      Fancy making a silly remark like she has done.

      Juan - 2012-01-08 10:22

      It might not be near Cape Town if you are walking.

      Janice - 2012-01-08 10:24

      Then why can one see Table Mountain clearly from the Strand?????

      Werner - 2012-01-08 10:30

      Strand, Somerset West and Gordon's Bay are part of the Cape Town Mega City and fall under Cape Town Municipality and Cape Town Tourism. Does that make me a pork chop too??

      Bundubabe - 2012-01-08 11:53

      "I only know what I'm thinking when I hear myself speak"!!!

      Squeegee - 2012-01-08 12:04

      err guys, the article is about a guy who died on the beach. Second one at Strand in a week.

      lydonmcg - 2012-01-08 12:04

      Wow...that backfired, smartass.

      mark.lohr1 - 2012-01-08 13:31


      bey.fontaine - 2012-01-08 15:12

      Just like a true Capetonian arrogantianus - flunked the medical for the Great Trek and now you're stuck on your mind, in a place where they still call bathrooms "badskamers" in Afrikaans. Typical. Get out of it – everybody but you are looking at the bigger picture, dammit! Overseas people also read this article so Strand IS close to Cape Town!

      Johannes - 2012-01-08 16:36

      "badskamers"? Unless you have a lisp. It's 'badkamer' or 'badkamers' (plural)

      Gungets - 2012-01-08 17:06

      @Bundubabe - "I only know what I'm thinking when I hear myself speak"!!! ---> Bwahahhaaagh, that is genuinely funny. Trust you won't mind if I use it. Yahhahhhaaaaa ...

      Ken - 2012-01-08 18:22

      To be fair on you Graziella,I think that anything further from Cape Town than The strand is not near Cape Town. I think the "Pork Chops" comment cost you dearly.

      Shoosh - 2012-01-08 19:26

      Eish, this peepils they hev failed in the Jograffee exhams

      Boer - 2012-01-09 00:25

      I think the ANC is behind this death. Malema jou vark ek gaan jou moer hoor.

  • Gil - 2012-01-08 10:00

    Can happen to anyone iam glad we dnt have that kind in Angola

      infijar.ken - 2012-01-08 11:41

      They do. I've been stung by them at Palmeirinhas, south of Luanda. Then a couple of weeks later I saw them washed up on the beach at Ambriz. That stopped me going for my afternoon swim, I can tell you.

      Obie - 2012-01-08 14:08

      infijar.ken.. your afternoon swim... how i wish i could have an afternoon swim in the sea. a little blue bottle shouldnt deter you. Lucky jealous

  • Janice - 2012-01-08 10:26

    The sea is very very dangerous! Condolences to all those whose loved ones were in any way involved.

      Jeffrey - 2012-01-08 10:54

      I agree Janice, the sea has to be treated with the utmost respect, it is incredibly powerful.

  • leigh.ridgway - 2012-01-08 11:42

    A man has died and all you idiots can argue about is damn geography! Condolences to his family and friends.

      Bundubabe - 2012-01-08 11:52

      I agree with you - it started a whole silly conversation about nothing - escapism, I suppose ;-)

      Shoosh - 2012-01-09 21:23

      She (Graziella) started it!

  • Yurak - 2012-01-08 11:53

    Can these people please start to look after their children.......yes, I said "these people", you know what I mean.

      infijar.ken - 2012-01-08 11:59

      So what, his 90 year old mother should accompany him to the beach? Racist prick! Show some respect and condolences, it is not his fault he was probably allergic to the stings. I've seen a young woman also go into anaphylactic shock. She was lucky there was a medic nearby, and a guy from a diamond company had his helicopter at the isolated beach.

      Squeegee - 2012-01-08 12:05

      Did Bishop Kearney High School produce more idiots like you, or are you the exception?

      Siso - 2012-01-08 17:37

      You such an idiot Yurak

      Yurak - 2012-01-08 21:14

      I'm talking about the kids.

      Trudy - 2012-01-08 22:32

      Still an idiot!

  • Johnathon - 2012-01-08 12:27

    You all seem to have forgotten the plot....or at least the tragic story about what happened on one of our beaches.

  • daniel.w.gie - 2012-01-08 14:22

    Vinegar is a good treatment for blue bottle stings ... please remember that , CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE .

      Gungets - 2012-01-08 17:11

      Daniel - sadly not going to help with anaphylactic shock. They needed to intubate and lifesavers don't have those skills, paramedics do. You are right if they pour on the vinegar within about 30 seconds. The actual key to dealing with bluebottles or jellyfish is to NOT TRY AND BRUSH THEM OFF .. or use sand to scrub them off. The friction causes the poison injectors to fire more poison into the system. Pick them off with your fingers, or wash them off under a stream of fresh water. The you can use vinegar, urine (sies, but it works) or the juice of the succulent plants that grow on the dunes.

  • Ken - 2012-01-08 18:17

    To be fair on Graziella, I think that anything further from Cape Town than The Strand is not near Cape Town. It's all a matter of opinion. I did not like the Pork Chops comment though.

  • GoodFella - 2012-01-08 19:34

    Amazing! People have lost their lives and most here can only debate on distance!

      Shoosh - 2012-01-09 21:23

      She (Graziella) started it!

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