Mom drowns after saving daughter, 13

2010-12-14 11:22

Mazeppa Bay - A mother of two children drowned on the Transkei Coast after rescuing her 13-year-old who had been swept away in the surf, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said on Tuesday.

The teenager was wading in knee-high water at 1 Mile Beach, Mazeppa Bay, when she was struck by an incoming wave and swept out to sea, NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon said.

Her mother went into the water and managed to get her daughter out, but got into difficulty herself and went missing. With the beach practically empty, no one noticed.

The 13-year-old stayed on the beach to look out for her mother while the other daughter, aged 10, ran to the first house to raise the alarm.

Mazeppa Bay hotel management and staff were alerted and the NSRI and police were called to the scene, around 16:20 on Monday.

"The 13-year-old was found on the beach in a state of shock, but not injured and there was no sign of their mother."

An "AV 8" helicopter that had been working on Eskom power lines, and a second one carrying a rescue swimmer, were sent to the scene. The first helicopter conducted an extensive sea and shoreline search and the mother was found washed up on the beach. An NSRI medic who arrived in the second chopper confirmed she had died.

  • bonesagain - 2010-12-14 11:32

    A nasty start to the holidays for this family. Condolences are in order. PLEASE PEOPLE!!! Do not swim in unprotected water (no lifegaurds), the sea can be extremely lethal if you do not know what to do in an emergency.

      KanaMay - 2010-12-28 19:17

      The point here, though, is that the girl was NOT swimming actually. She was just frolicking in knee-high water, not waist / chest high. A 13-year-old would think (I would too) that it's safe enough even if a higher wave came along. Or was she squatting in that water?

  • evert.malijani - 2010-12-14 11:34

    she died a very loving mother...may her soul rest in eternal peace

      in love - 2010-12-14 12:09

      the mother is very loving giving her life for her daughters.the child must be taken for trauma counseling cause she is gona need it

  • kingsleyb - 2010-12-14 11:37

    That's very sad just before Christmas.

  • Gemstone - 2010-12-14 11:40

    ah shame man :( My condolences to the family

  • Erica - 2010-12-14 12:00

    this is very sad, but the mom is a hero now in her child's eyes! God please be with this family!

      Mikemcc - 2010-12-14 14:28

      Sadly I think you are mistaken here, the daughter who was saved will have guilt issues and the other sibling will harbour resentment towards her older sister for causing the death of their mother - unless they get some really good therapy soon. Very tragic indeed.

      Sybrand - 2010-12-23 08:30

      @ Mikemcc - I'm with you on this one. These sisters are going to resent each other unless they get very good trauma therapy.

  • Michael - 2010-12-14 12:05

    May God be with this family in these difficult times...

      bonesagain - 2010-12-14 14:16

      @ roboman1: He was, he came to fetch a jewel.

  • joannminnaar25 - 2010-12-14 12:22

    Shows what a true mother will do for her children. Condolences to the family. May God confort you in this time.

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  • znofemele - 2010-12-14 12:55

    This is very touching. God be with the children.

  • JackMeoff - 2010-12-14 13:02

    There is nothing more powerful than a mother's love and may she forever be remembered in this way. This is tragic news. The sea needs to be respected. My condolences.

  • gilliansan - 2010-12-14 13:04

    shame man, very sad :( RIP mommy.

  • tanya.gamelas - 2010-12-14 13:10

    What a brave mom.... so sad just before Christmas.

  • Willie - 2010-12-14 13:13

    1 Chorinthians 13

  • KissTheBoer - 2010-12-14 13:29

    Just hope this little girl will grow to be some one the mother will be proud of. deepest condolonces to the whole family

  • Don - 2010-12-14 13:44

    Mothers are the best- My sincere condolences. Love you MOM!!!!

  • freddy.mactavish - 2010-12-14 14:03

    God be with the Family!!! what a MOM!!!!!!! wow.

  • infidel - 2010-12-14 14:03

    A very sad reminder to all of us... The love of a mother can so easily be forgotten. May this brave loving mother rest in etrnal peace.

  • Nelly - 2010-12-14 14:23

    My condolences to the family and may the Almighty be with you through this difficult time. Let's put all in God's hands only he and he alone knows why this had to happen.

  • Gail - 2010-12-14 16:15

    I was taught from a very early age by my mother. No swimming without an adult or on your own. No swimming for an hour after a meal. Learn to float. DO NOT PANIC - panic kills you before drowning does because you can't think clearly. The sea is cruel and even swimming at a known beach out of season can result in this kind of tragedy. Mom's do not go alone with two children to a lonely beach. Parents with children should always go to beaches where there are lifeguards on duty who can help you in an emergency. The guilt and sadness that this family are going through right now and for ages to come will be dreadful but kudos to the mom who gave her life to save her daughter. May she rest in peace and may they know what a special mother they had and that she is still watching over them.

  • zule - 2010-12-15 08:24

    Hear, hear bonesagain...well said and I second everything you said

  • MP3 - 2010-12-15 08:51

    What a tragedy. May hindsight prove invaluable to everyone else swimming in the ocean this festive season. Never underestimate the ocean. It is not your friend. Hope the family is coping.

  • Simon - 2010-12-15 09:34

    brave lovin mom my condolences to the family.RIP

  • Snoopy88 - 2010-12-15 11:03

    So very sad.. That's what being a mom is all about. You will make the ultimate sacrifice for your child. God bless these kids. Please don't swim in places where there are no lifeguards or its not deemed safe. Even if you are a strong swimmer you are no match for a strong undercurrent and you will get so exhausted that you can't keep your head above water. I had been trained by my father to swim safely in the sea, to always make sure that I'm between the flags, etc. I thought I knew what I was doing until I went for an impromtu swim in Port Alfred one day and got into trouble. Thankfully I didn't struggle and let the tide take me back in. And there were people on the beach that came to rescue me. Without my father's training I don't think I would have survived.

  • oakene - 2010-12-23 08:19

    This is really tragic, what a pleasant time they were meaning to have and all that changed within a few minutes. May God be with their family and loved ones.

  • Shelley Jennings - 2013-09-10 11:27

    I'd do the same for my daughter. Tragic! RIP

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