Man dies, 8-year-old hospitalised in dinghy accident

2018-01-01 10:19
ER24 (Picture: Supplied)

ER24 (Picture: Supplied)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Durban - A dinghy capsizing in the ocean near the Umkomaas River Mouth in KwaZulu-Natal on Sunday afternoon led to the death of a 32-year-old man. 

ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said an eight-year-old boy was also hospitalised in the accident. 

Paramedics arrived on the scene after they were called by members of the community who witnessed the dinghy capsize. The child was rescued by a man from the nearby boat and brought to the shore.

Meiring said paramedics assessed and treated the boy before he was transported to a nearby hospital.

"ER24 paramedics, lifeguards and members of the community began to search the waters for the missing man. After a short time, the man’s body was found a few metres away from the shore," Meiring said. 

After 45 minutes of CPR the man was declared dead. 

It is believed the man and boy had been on the dinghy on the Umkomaas River when the boat was swept out into the ocean, causing it to capsize.

Read more on:    durban  |  accidents

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.