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Fisherman rescues boy from drowning at Blue Lagoon

Keevesh Ramsumer, saved a boy from drowning at the Blue Lagoon Umgeni River mouth on Saturday. Picture ZAINUL DAWOOD

Keevesh Ramsumer, saved a boy from drowning at the Blue Lagoon Umgeni River mouth on Saturday. Picture ZAINUL DAWOOD

Published Mar 28, 2019

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Durban- A self-employed panel beater spoke of his heroic effort to save one of the boys that drowned at the Blue Lagoon. 

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Two teenagers had been crossing over the Umgeni River mouth from the mangroves sandbank to the Blue Lagoon pier when they were swept down river by the current on Saturday. 

Both boys were unable to swim and went under the water several times before a fisherman put his fishing rod out into the river for one of the boys to grab onto. 

The fisherman, Keevesh Ramsumer,38,  who residents in Kloof was too late to save the other boy whose head went underwater and then bobbed up again closer to the M4 bridge pillars.

"It was an instinctive reaction. I had the rod in my hand and walked to the edge of the rocks to put it out as far reaching as possible. I am grateful the boy has made a swift recovery," Ramsumer.
 
The police search and rescue unit found the body of the second teenager on Wednesday said police spokesperson Thulani Zwane. 

The fisherman said the incident left him with mixed feelings one of elation and other of sadness because he could not save the other boy.
 
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