Fatal fun jump at Albert Falls

2016-01-05 09:30
Kamendren Naidoo and his wife Veneshree.

Kamendren Naidoo and his wife Veneshree. (Facebook)

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Pietermaritzburg - A day out with friends turned to tragedy for a young father of two when he drowned while swimming at the Albert Falls on Sunday.

Pietermaritzburg resident Kamendren Naidoo (28) was found dead by members of the Pietermaritzburg police’s Search and Rescue unit after he failed to resurface from the water while swimming with his friends.

Naidoo allegedly drowned after diving into the water from a rocky ledge on a waterfall.

According to ER24 spokesman Werner Vermaak, it is believed the group of friends were swimming at the falls when Naidoo jumped “from a height into the water and failed to surface again”.

In a search that lasted almost two hours, the police’s Search and Rescue unit along with paramedics tried frantically to locate Naidoo’s body.

“...the SAPS Search and Rescue team found the man [Naidoo]. Sadly, there was nothing that paramedics could do for him and he was declared dead,” Vermaak said.

Police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane confirmed that Crammond police are investigating an inquest docket.

“A post-mortem will be conducted to determine the cause of death,” Zwane said.

Naidoo is survived by his wife Veneshree and their two children.

Yesterday, messages of support flooded Veneshree’s Facebook page and friends and family offering their condolences.

The Witness tried to contact friends and family but failed to get any response before print deadline yesterday.

In another drowning incident in Pietermaritzburg yesterday, a 16-month-old baby named Kwazi Nota drowned in a swimming pool at Jesmond Road.

Paramedics said the exact circumstances of how the baby fell in the pool is unclear and police will investigate the case.

It is believed the baby was pulled out by residents, but was declared dead by paramedics.

On Sunday, a seven-year-old child was left in a critical condition after a near drowning incident at a Newcastle pool.

According to Vermaak, the girl showed no signs of life when she was pulled from the water by a lifeguard at the Surreyville public swimming pool.

The lifeguard, with the help of an off duty fireman, conducted CPR on the child and a short while later, managed to regain a pulse.

Paramedics arrived shortly afterwards and transported the girl to the Newcastle Provincial Hospital for further medical care.

“...the quick action of the lifeguard and the firefighter contributed to the positive outcome of this incident,” Vermaak said.

• amil.umraw@witness.co.za

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