31 drownings reported


Healthcare 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 10-year-old 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.