Cape Town records more festive season drownings this year

Badroodien: We urgently need our bathers to exercise caution in and around the ocean
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Beachgoers and bathers have been urged by the City of Cape Town to be extra careful at beaches or swimming pools following the drowning of two teenagers on Saturday.

The teenagers went missing at Wittewaters, Table View and so far only one body has been recovered.

12 drownings have been recorded this season.

Mayco member for community services and health, councillor Zahid Badroodien, said this makes the total number of drownings this season higher than the number recorded last year.

Badroodien said lifeguards and rescue agencies have been called up to assist on several occasions this past week.

Lifeguards aided in 11 non-fatal drowning incidents, one incident which included a family of six who had been caught in a rip current at Clovelly.

In another incident a man dove off a jetty into the shallow end of a tidal pool and was found unconscious by lifeguards, two other non fatal incidents were of beachgoers caught in rip currents.

Badroodien said the City’s Identikidz project had a great start over the weekend with 21 510 children tagged at 16 beaches across Cape Town.

When children arrive at beaches they are given an identification armband and should the child be separated from their caregiver or parent, staff will work with other role-players to ensure reunification.

Badroodien reiterated that beachgoers should swim between the red and yellow flags at beaches where lifeguards were present and to be on the lookout for rip currents. Children should be supervised at all times and bathers should not drink and swim.

More: The South African

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