A seven-year-old boy was caught in a rip current at Melkbosstrand and drowned yesterday on the last day of the September school holidays.
Police spokesman Tembinkosi Kinana said the boy’s identity would not be released until his relatives had been notified.
Rhine Barnes, the NSRI Melkbosstrand station commander, said the boy had been caught in a rip current shortly after 2pm.
“Two of the children tried to hold on to him to save him, but they couldn’t.”
The boy’s body was found three hours later near where he had disappeared.
Barnes said the boy was from Protea Park in Atlantis and had visited the beach with other children and adults.
The child’s mother declined to be interviewed by the media.
Melkbosstrand Neighbourhood Watch spokeswoman Nicky Versveld said there had not been a drowning at Melkbosstrand for a long time.