T-jetty tragedy

Zululand Observer - Monday - - FRONT PAGE - Conelia Harry

THE dan­gers of div­ing off the T−jetty at Alka­ntstrand were vividly proved late Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon when a teen plunged into shal­low wa­ter and was left with pos­si­ble spinal in­juries. Al­though there are clear warn­ings that this area is banned for swim­ming, the 17−year−old boy was among oth­ers re­port­edly do­ing `flips´ off the dredger jetty. He is still re­ceiv­ing treat­ment in hospi­tal af­ter land­ing on his head and re­port­edly los­ing sen­sa­tion in his legs im­me­di­ately af­ter the or­deal. City of uMh­lathuze´s Chief Sports and Re­cre­ation Of­fi­cer, Shakier Hi­ra­man con­firmed that life­guards at Alka­ntstrand beach were called to the scene af­ter the in­ci­dent and bathers had pulled the vic­tim out of the wa­ter and onto land. They ini­tially sus­pected spinal in­juries as the young­ster could not move his body and af­ter an am­bu­lance failed to ar­rive, he was trans­ported pri­vately to the Meerensee Clinic and then to Ng­welezana Hospi­tal for fur­ther treat­ment. `Mem­bers of the pub­lic must know that swim­ming is not al­lowed at this area and it is only safe to swim where life­guards are on duty. `This area is very dan­ger­ous as there are cables and pipes in that area and div­ing and do­ing flips are not al­lowed at all. `We cau­tion all bathers to be safe and re­spon­si­ble over the fes­tive pe­riod,´ he said.

Young­sters are seen reg­u­larly jump­ing or div­ing off the T- jetty which is not al­lowed

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