The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) is urging swimmers looking to cool off this summer to be cautious. The warning comes after a 21-year-old woman from the Eastern Cape drowned at Clanwilliam Dam in the Western Cape on Saturday, December 18. 

The woman appeared to be swimming in the dam with her family, who were visiting the Western Cape during the festive season when NSRI lifeguards patrolling the area were alerted of the incident, reports EWN

“Lifeguards immediately initiated only a few minutes prior to the NSRI lifeguards arrival on the scene. During the free dive search efforts by the lifeguards the female was almost immediately located and recovered from under the water and brought to the shore where CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) efforts were commenced.”

Lifeguards then transported the woman to Clanwilliam Hospital, which is located a few minutes away, as per News24. Medical staff continued with resuscitation efforts but the young woman was declared dead at the hospital.  

Head to the NSRI website for more information on how you can prevent fatal drownings.

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