A 17-year-old has drowned in Strand, Cape Town, after disappearing among bathers on Thursday afternoon, according to the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI).
This incident brings the total number of drownings to four in the Cape area.
NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon, said authorities were alerted to the teenager’s disappearance shortly before 6pm. Lifeguards already entered the water to look for the boy when NSRI rescue swimmers arrived.
The teenager’s body was found soon after, and was brought to shore where paramedics carried out “extensive” CPR.
“All efforts to resuscitate the teenager were exhausted, he was declared deceased,” said Lambinon.
Search and rescue operations are currently underway in Richards Bay where a 10-year-old has gone missing in the surf at Mtyani Camp.
Lambinon said the search will continue overnight.
The Mother City has seen less drownings over this festive period when compared to 2016 and 2015. Officials remain concerned that the upcoming New Year’s Eve weekend could possibly see an increase in incidents.
City of Cape Town MMC for safety and security JP Smith, said on Wednesday that the city urges bathers to swim near lifeguards.
“Drowning remains a concern and we urge people to have fun safely and to swim where there are lifeguards,” he said.