It is unclear if the man got into difficulty, however rescuers were called to the scene and despite their CPR attempts, the 20-year-old man was declared dead at the scene.Picture: IPSS Medical Rescue
It is unclear if the man got into difficulty, however rescuers were called to the scene and despite their CPR attempts, the 20-year-old man was declared dead at the scene.Picture: IPSS Medical Rescue

Bathers urged to swim at protected beaches after Salt Rock drowning

By Mercury Reporter Time of article published Jan 2, 2020

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Durban - Bathers are being urged to swim at beaches which are manned by lifeguards following a drowning at Salt Rock on Thursday.

According to IPSS Medical Rescue spokesperson, Paul Herbst, an intense search and rescue effort by IPSS Medical Rescue Search and Rescue division, together with KDM lifeguards and Police Search and Rescue, in an attempt to locate a 20-year old swimmer at an unprotected Salt Rock beach, has ended with the recovery of his body.

Exact details of the incident are unknown at this stage.

"Paramedics and crews attempted to resuscitate the child however efforts were unsuccessful. Please ensure that you swim at protected beaches only," he said.

On New Year's Day a 10-year-old girl died following a drowning at the Westville swimming pool. According to Rescue Care operations director Garrith Jamieson, around 12:45pm they were alerted to the incident.

"Upon arrival, we found that lifeguards had pulled the girl from the pool and had begun CPR on the girl. Immediately, advanced life support medics took over CPR efforts. Despite continuing rescuscitation for over 45 minutes, medics were unsuccessful and the girl was declared dead at the scene. The body was then handed over to police who will be investigating further," Jamieson said.

On Christmas Day, a 23-year-old woman drowned at Dokodweni beach.

The Mercury

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