Surge in drowning incidents in SA linked to flooding

Surge in drowning incidents in SA linked to flooding

Lifesaving SA says there's been a surge in drowning incidents in the country since the beginning of the year.

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The organisation's president, Dhaya Sewduth, says more and more of these cases can be linked to climate change.

"We did notice a trend that there had been a spike in drownings, particularly in January and the early parts of February."

"Many of these incidents have been related to flooding, so quite a number of incidents inland could have been attributed to high rainfalls which cause the flooding and victims were actually washed away."

Sewduth says in January - there were 19 reported drowning incidents in South Africa - seven of them in KwaZulu-Natal.

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In the latest tragedies - two people including a teenager drowned in separate incidents at Durban beaches over the weekend.

The body of the 16-year-old boy was recovered from Wedge Beach on Sunday.

Lifeguards managed to save his friend after the two got into difficulty.

A search for a 25-year-old man presumed to have drowned at another Durban beach continues.

Sewduth says in some instances - especially at beaches - some people disregard warnings.


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