Five people, including two children, drowned in various incidents across South Africa over the weekend, reported the National Sea Rescue Institute.
On Friday afternoon, the crew on duty from Richards Bay started their lifeboat to search. for a 14-year-old girl who disappeared underwater while swimming 50 m off the coast in Bay Hall near Pelican Island.
The rescuers could not find any trace of the girl at the crime scene. Her corpse was discovered a short time later by SAPS divers.
Nationwide in the northwest the NSRI crew was at Der Hartbeespoort Dam and its strategic rescue unit were asked to help the SAPS find a nine-year-old boy who went missing while playing with friends on the banks of the swollen Tholwane River in Madikwe, northwest of Rustenburg.
The boy was swept away by currents late on Friday.
“Search efforts, hindered by the swollen river, remote and difficult, inaccessible terrain, were accompanied by parishioners, “said Arthur Crewe, commander of the NSRI station Hartbeespoort Dam.
The crew of a SAPS hacker who also roped entered the search and discovered the boy’s body floating in the river 8 km downstream from where he had been washed away was.
Then, on Saturday morning, a helmsman from the NSRI lives in Gordons Bay in an apartment building in Str and was alerted by the caretaker that a man was swimming in the swimming pool.
The helmsman rescued the man, a 60-year-old resident, from the pool and started CPR. Private emergency services also arrived but were unable to resuscitate the man .
The victim is suspected of having suffered a swim while swimming medical emergency, the NSRI announced.
On the same day in False Bay in Glencairn, the NSRI’s Simon’s Town crew and the Cape Town Water Rescue Network responded to eyewitness reports Drowning in Glencairn Beach.
A large team of rescuers including NSRI personnel, Cape Medical Response, Fish Hoek Liferetting Lifeguards, Provincial Emergency Services, the Fire Department and the City emergency services, and SAPS responded.
“An NSRI trainee crew member [who] was on the beach at Zeit with a pink NSRI lifebuoy Water started after she was made aware of an excitement in which bystanders pointed to a man in Strömun The NSRI station Simon’s Town commander Darren Zimmerman said .
The NSRI swimmer reached the 46-year-old man in the surf zone, but found it with no sign of life, said Zimmerman.
“Using the lifebuoy to support the buoyancy, the current drove them further out to sea, where they both were were towed aboard the rescue vehicle.
CPR efforts began on the boat and continued after it was brought ashore at the False Bay Yacht Club, but to no avail. < / span>
That same afternoon at Monwabisi Main Beach, also on the coast of False Bay, eyewitnesses told the lifeguards on duty that the body of a man was on land in the eastern part of the beach The NSRI announced that it had been flushed.
NSRI lifeguards and staff from the Strandfontein Station, the SAPS and the state R Emergency services arrived on site.
Despite “extensive” CPR efforts, the 37-year-old man from Mfuleni could not be resuscitated.
Police are investigating all incidents.