Monday, April 09, 2007

Youth drowns off Arniston Beach

By Odette Ismail
09 April 2007

A twelve-year-old Bredarsdorp girl is presumed to have drowned yesterday afternoon when she was swept out to sea by rip currents in Arniston Beach.

Emergency services in Arniston were activated following reports that three people drowned off the beach.

The National Sea Rescue Institute Agulhus (NSRI) launched their rescue craft, the Vodacom Netcare 911 helicopter as well as the Overberg Fire and Rescue helicopter.

Craig Lambinon of the NRSI says, on arrival on the scene they discovered that the 12-year-old was swept away. Her 17-year-old sister tried to help her but was also dragged in to the sea, however she made it back safely to shore.

It is believed that a local fisherman also tried to help rescue the girl, but couldn’t get her, as the girl disappeared in the current.

Police divers are still looking for her. A full -scale air, sea and shore search has been launched, but ‘The youth is presumed drowned.’

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