Pics: New Year's Day 2014 beach chaos

2014-01-02 11:40
Cape Town - South Africa has experienced a bumper festive season with more than four-million people making their way across SA borders between 1 December 2013 and 1 January 2014.

For the first day of 2014, revellers descended on beaches across the country in their tens of thousands.

As thousand of holidaymakers enjoy the last few days of their holiday and are expected to flock to the beaches for the remainder of the week, authorities are warning people to exercise extreme caution - as a number of drownings and near-drownings left life guards and emergency services with their hands full on Wednesday.

City officials are warning against the dangers of drinking and swimming. Police have confiscated more than 2 500 bottles of alcohol across beaches since 1 December as people continue to ignore the law prohibiting drinking in public.

The National Sea Rescue Institute confirmed that five people were swept out to sea by rip currents in Port Elizabeth, one person lost his life despite lifeguard attempts to rescue them. Three young boys were recovered safely, while a 16-year- old male still remains missing.

(Animal Ocean, Facebook)

In Cape Town thousands of people took to the beaches, with one drowning reported in Kalk Bay Beach.  The 43-year-old woman was  found floating face down in the harbour and despite extensive CPR efforts she was declared deceased.

In Camps Bay, lifeguards rescued a young woman from the water and treated her on-scene for near drowning symptoms.

NSRI in Simonstown also attempted to rescue a 5-year-old boy who was found lying face down in a tidal pool. The boy was eventually declared deceased.

In Richards Bay a 8-year-old  boy and a 9-year-old were both rescued in near-drowning incidents.

East Coast Radio reports that more than 30 000 people made their way to Durban's beaches on New Year's day, also keeping emergency services on their toes with a mass rescue effort.

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