Hundreds of successful rescue operations at beaches over the past weekend following blazing heat

Over the weekend temperatures soared, with Cape Town residents flocking to the beaches and swimming pools to cool off.  Rescue services found themselves busy a man was reported to be missing near a beach in False Bay, while a teenager had to be resuscitated at a beach in Melkbosstrand.

According to the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI), Craig Lambinon said the organisation reported a drowning at Strand Beach.

One man was recovered from the water lifeless, GB Med ambulance services assisted lifeguards at the scene but sadly after all efforts to resuscitate the man were exhausted he was declared deceased.

Meanwhile a 16 year old teenager was resuscitated before being transported to hospital in a critical condition. A further nine non-fatal drowning accidents and hundreds of successful rescues were carried out by lifeguards at beaches around the coast over the past weekend.

As the South African Weather Service (SAWS) forecasts further warm weather to persist around parts of the country, the NSRI continues to appeal to the public to be safe in and around water.

By Evergelista Muza