Life­guards praised for their ded­i­ca­tion

Cape Argus - - METRO - Staff Re­porter

AL­THOUGH there have been sev­eral drown­ings at Cape Town beaches over the fes­tive sea­son, there have been no re­ports of drown­ings at pub­lic swim­ming pools.

Zahid Badroo­d­ien, the mayco mem­ber for com­mu­nity ser­vices and health, said thou­sands of peo­ple flocked to the 19 mu­nic­i­pal pools. He said life­guards sta­tioned at the fa­cil­i­ties en­sured there were no drown­ings, with at least one go­ing the ex­tra mile to save a life.

“We opened only 19 of the 35 fa­cil­i­ties in our com­mit­ment to con­tin­ued wa­ter-sav­ing prac­tices, and they will re­main open un­til the end of Jan­uary.

“A few of our pools have their own wa­ter re­sources and this has bol­stered our ef­forts to save our pre­cious wa­ter sup­ply,” Badroo­d­ien said.

The pools re­mained open for longer on the more pop­u­lar and hot­ter days of the fes­tive sea­son.

Badroo­d­ien ap­plauded the life­guards for their ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment.

In one in­ci­dent, a pool life­guard rushed to the as­sis­tance of a man who was in trou­ble on a beach nearby.

Cameron Van­nithing was on duty at Strand in­door swim­ming pool when he heard some­one scream­ing that a swim­mer was in trou­ble at the beach.

“This young man didn’t think twice about go­ing into the wa­ter to pull out the vic­tim, who had nearly drowned.

“Back on land, Cameron per­formed CPR and when paramedics ar­rived, he kept up the chest com­pres­sions all the way to the hos­pi­tal, where doc­tors man­aged to find a pulse.

“There is no doubt that with­out his quick ac­tions there would have been an ad­di­tion to the num­ber of fa­tal beach drown­ings,” Badroo­d­ien said.

The tasks of pool life­guards are made es­pe­cially dif­fi­cult when pa­trons do not play their part. Sev­eral in­ci­dents at pools ne­ces­si­tated the in­ter­ven­tion of law en­force­ment.

In one such in­ci­dent, pa­trons re­fused to leave the pool in Langa at clos­ing time. Staff, life­guards and law en­force­ment were threat­ened and stones were thrown into the wa­ter.

“There are still a few weeks left be­fore pools close and I want to en­cour­age res­i­dents to make use of the fa­cil­i­ties re­spon­si­bly. If you are un­sure of the rules, speak to our life­guards and also in­form them if you are not con­fi­dent in the wa­ter,” Badroo­d­ien said. |

| DAVID RITCHIE African News Agency (ANA)

DOZENS of peo­ple flocked to the pub­lic swim­ming pool in Good­wood, where peo­ple were queue­ing to get in.

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