Cape Town – The National Sea Rescue Institute has released their statistics for the past festive season, revealing that drownings due to people being caught in rip currents have dropped since last year.
The NSRI announced in a statement that it there were nine fatal drownings in 2014/15 compared to the 13 in the 2013/14 festive season.
Over all the NSRI responded to 144 calls for help and rescued 151 people.
In incidents that NSRI responded to, there were a total of 31 fatal drowning incidents (19 adults and 12 children). Most drownings took place in the Western Cape.
“The number of fatal drownings for the past two years is similar when looked at nationally. The most heartening thing for us this year, is that fatalities from people caught in rip currents is lower than last year. We hope that the intensive education that we did throughout the year had something to do with this,” said NSRI CEO Cleeve Robertson.
He added that the NSRI’s WaterWise Academy had taught over 620 000 children how to avoid danger, what to do in an emergency and who to call for help.
“We hope that this year the department of education will consider including water safety and CPR in the LO curriculum,” he said.