Man drowns in KZN

2012-12-09 09:59

Durban - A man has drowned near Richards Bay in KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said.

"At 18:20, NSRI Richards Bay volunteer sea rescue duty crew were activated following reports of a drowning in progress at the Bay Hall area, a community swimming area inside of the Richards Bay Port," spokesperson Craig Lambinon said.

The NSRI, police and a local ambulance service responded and upon arrival found a woman, 20, ashore.

The woman had reportedly been rescued by a bystander.

A man, around 40-years-old, remained missing.

"It appears that the two had been swimming together towards Pelican Island when they got into difficulty in the water. It is not known what may have caused them to get into difficulties," said Lambinon. "Paramedics resuscitated the woman on-scene and she has been transported to hospital by ambulance in a critical condition."

A search was undertaken to find the missing man and after no sign of him was found, the police diving unit was activated.

The diving unit found the man's body, which was handed over to forensics.

Police opened an inquest docket.

  • marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-12-09 10:25

    Why an 'inquest docket'? Condolences to the family.

      tumisang.kolobe - 2012-12-09 10:53

      "It is not known what may have caused them to get into difficulties" hence they opened an inquest to investigate that.....

      rhodgkiss - 2012-12-09 11:11

      any death of causes other than natural causes would automatically trigger an inquest docket Marilyn. It's a standard practice for accidents and drownings etc. This time of the year unfortunately is riddled with drownings, particularly at the coast. Parents, watch your kids like a hawk, and all folks should remember, alcohol and water only mix well in a glass! Condolences to the family.

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-12-09 11:46

      Shame Ndluvu if a comment site can influance you so badly then the problem is yourself, only you, yourself, must be strong to stand by your own standards and believes.

      marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-12-09 16:34

      Thank you Rhodgkiss! Much appreciated.

  • liz.savides - 2012-12-09 13:08

    Condolences to the families. And pray the Lady recovers full. It is a lovely area for picnicking but so much alcohol is consumed. The left over bottles tell the tale.I for one would never swim in that bay. Mrs Hippo is always around and one never knows where the crocodiles are. The signs are up. It is not a swimming beach.

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