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