First two drown­ings this sum­mer

Eyethu Baywatch - - NEWS - Tam­lyn Jolly

IN two sep­a­rate drown­ing in­ci­dents on Sun­day, two peo­ple lost their lives, one a 10-year-old child.

The first in­ci­dent oc­curred at about mid­day in Dlan­guba near Em­pan­geni.

A 39-year-old man re­port­edly swam from one side of the lake to the other and came into dif­fi­culty when he at­tempted to swim back.

The wa­ter was cold and, while he was not hy­pother­mic, it is sus­pected that he cramped up. He was pro­nounced dead on scene. In the sec­ond in­ci­dent, just af­ter 1.30pm, three chil­dren aged 10, seven and six came into dif­fi­culty when swim­ming in the Blind Canal near Bay Hall in Richards Bay.

A jet-skier in the vicin­ity res­cued the two younger chil­dren, who were brought to shore and sub­se­quently treated by paramedics.

The jet-skier then went over to the NSRI base and alerted duty coxwain Jac­ques Kruger of the miss­ing 10-yearold child.

NSRI duty crew re­sponded, as did SAPS, SAPS Search and Res­cue, KZN EMS (Emer­gency Med­i­cal Ser­vices), ICE Med­i­cal Res­cue and uMh­latuze Fire and Res­cue.

SAPS Search and Res­cue divers lo­cated the body of the third child, who was pro­nounced dead on scene.

His body was taken to the po­lice and pathol­ogy foren­sic ser­vices while the other two chil­dren were taken to hos­pi­tal in a sta­ble con­di­tion.

Richards Bay SAPS have opened an in­quest docket.

The Bay Hall area in Richards Bay is a pop­u­lar swim­ming spot but has been the scene of tragic drown­ings ev­ery year

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