NSRI responds to multiple drowning incidents on New Years

The National Sea Rescue Institute said that multiple drowning incidents occurred in various beaches on New Years day, 1 January, on Sunday, as they recovered a body at Victoria Bay, after being alerted by a surfer when he came across the body in the water while surfing.

NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon, said officials responded to the scene where the body of the man was taken into the Government Health Forensic Pathology Services for medical treatment.

“The body was identified and confirmed to be 26 year-old Zimbabwean man, who had been reported missing at Victoria Bay on Tuesday”.

“George Municipal lifeguards, NSRI Wilderness and George Fire and Rescue Services had searched extensively the day before, but the man had only confirmed to be reported missing later, "he said.

Lambinon then cautioned bathers to swim at beaches protected by lifeguards.

“We are appealing to coastal banthers and shoreline anglers to be cautious and bathers should only swim at beaches protected by lifeguards, swim in between the safe swimming areas lifeguards post using their red and yellow flags.”

“Bathers and shoreline anglers around the coast will notice that from today the high tide will gradually get higher than normal and low tide will gradually retreat to lower than normal leading up to the peak of the full moon Spring tide on the 6th of January, a full moon micro moon,” he added.


By Lulama Klassen


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