31 drown­ings re­ported

The New Age (Gauteng) - - FRONT PAGE - SHONISANI TSHIKALANGE shon­isanit@the­newage.co.za

HEALTH care com­pany Net­care re­sponded to at least 31 cases of drown­ing dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son, it said.

The Na­tional Sea Res­cue In­sti­tute (NSRI) re­sponded to four drown­ing in­ci­dents on Box­ing Day in the Western Cape.

NSRI Gor­don’s Bay duty crew re­sponded to an in­ci­dent on Tues­day fol­low­ing re­ports of a drown­ing in progress in the surf be­low Crys­tal Pools.

A 34-year-old male from Athlone and his 10­year­old son were fish­ing from the rocks when the child was swept into the surf by waves. His dad jumped in to help but both got into dif­fi­culty.

When the NSRI sea res­cue craft ar­rived on the scene the child was res­cued from the surf.

Dur­ing a search, the fa­ther was spot­ted and he was brought onto the sea res­cue craft.

De­spite ex­ten­sive CPR ef­forts to re­sus­ci­tate the man, he was de­clared dead.

On the same day, the NSRI Still Bay duty crew launched the sea res­cue craft Color­press Res­cuer and Spirit of St Fran­cis fol­low­ing re­ports of a boat with three men on board in dif­fi­culty at Mor­ris Point.

On ar­rival at the scene, the Hell­cat Geron­imo was found smashed on rocks and the three crew­men were safe on the rocks but one suf­fered lac­er­a­tions to his leg.

They were brought to Still Bay aboard the sea res­cue craft and the in­jured man was taken to a lo­cal doc­tor for treat­ment.

NSRI has urged the pub­lic to be cau­tious around all wa­ter, coastal and in­land wa­ters and swim­ming pools over the fes­tive sea­son and has asked par­ents to make sure their chil­dren have re­spon­si­ble adult su­per­vi­sion.

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