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Adult, teenager, survive a near-drowning on KZN South Coast beach

KwaZulu Private Ambulance responded to the Glenmore Beach area following reports of a near-drowning on Tuesday afternoon. Picture: Supplied

KwaZulu Private Ambulance responded to the Glenmore Beach area following reports of a near-drowning on Tuesday afternoon. Picture: Supplied

Published Jan 5, 2022

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DURBAN - An adult and child have been transported to hospital by ambulance after they survived a near-drowning along the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast.

The KwaZulu Private Ambulance (KZPA) service said it responded to the Glenmore Beach area following reports of a near-drowning on Tuesday afternoon.

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The KZPA said when emergency services arrived, they found that two patients were being treated by the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) Port Edward.

“According to witnesses, a 14-year-old child and adult got caught in a current, life savers rushed to their assistance and managed to pull the patients to safety,” the KZPA said.

“Paramedics continued treating the patients for near-drowning and transported the child to hospital for further care.”

Over the weekend, an eight-year-old child drowned at a resort in Port Edward.

The KZPA also responded to that drowning incident at a resort.

When paramedics arrived, they found the NSRI Port Edward had started cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the child who had drowned in a pool.

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“Advanced Life Support paramedics took over resuscitation and were able to get the child’s heart beating again,” KZPA said.

The service said the patient was then rushed to a local hospital with advanced life support intervention.

“Despite all the efforts of paramedics and hospital staff, the child deteriorated and was pronounced dead at the hospital,” the KZPA said.

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