Teen caught in rip current drowns

2012-09-30 11:25

Durban - A 16-year-old drowned at Umdloti beach in KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday, paramedics said.

The girl got caught in a rip current shortly after 17:00, said Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha.

"Life guards raced to her assistance and managed to pull the girl to the beach, she had stopped breathing and they immediately started CPR," Botha said.

Paramedics arrived to find the girl in a critical condition and placed her on a ventilator.

They attempted to revive her for an hour using resuscitation techniques.

"Despite the efforts from the emergency personnel she tragically was declared dead on scene," Botha said.

  • - 2012-09-30 11:29

    That is so sad.

  • GrootWitHaai - 2012-09-30 13:11

    Swimming after 5...personally I would not purely based on the fact that sharks hunt around that time and the tide is hectic. What a waste of a young life.

      Stormkaap - 2012-09-30 13:48

      Sharks are around all the time ol chap! and drowing has nothing to do with shark attacks. Being able to read the conditions though helps. Whatever happened to Thabo Mbeki's vision of every person should be able to swim by 2014?

  • Mike Peach - 2012-09-30 14:37

    My condolences to the family and friends.

  • hamish.drake1 - 2012-09-30 14:43

    I nearly drowned on that beach about 30yrs ago. Before a lifeguard station or any development was present. I regard Umdloti beach as one of the more dangerous beaches in SA. The rip is no joke and I only saved myself by getting close to the rocks. I don't know what kind off warnings they have now, but most people ignore the conditions board anyway. It is a sad loss.

      lionel.defrontignac - 2012-09-30 20:03

      That beach is very dangerous at high tide - bathing should be banned at that time. The problem is most people do not know how to go with a rip.

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