Body of drowning victim found at Durban beach

Body of drowning victim found at Durban beach

Netcare 911 spokesperson Shawn Herbst says a man was pulled from the water by bathers at Durban's Wedge Beach on Tuesday afternoon. 

Body of drowning victim found floating at Durban beach
Netcare 911

The victim was found unresponsive by emergency teams.  


"Reports indicate that an adult male was found floating between a group of bathers. eThekwini lifeguards were notified who immediately brought the man to shore,” Herbst says.


After about 30 minutes of resuscitation efforts, he was declared dead at the scene. 


The circumstances surrounding his death are unclear at this stage. 


The emergency medical service provider says its teams respond, on average, to two drowning incidents a day in KwaZulu-Natal. 


With the influx of beachgoers during the festive season, there are some concerns of a spike in drowning-relating incidents. 


Herbst has some advice for people planning on spending time at the beach these holidays. 


"Always swim with a responsible adult who can swim themselves in case you need to be rescued. 


"Avoid drinking on the beach or avoid drinking before swimming. 


"Always swim in a protected beach where lifeguards are available. When in distress, put your hand up and scream; someone will come and assist you."


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