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Busy festive season for beach rescue services


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City guards and other paramedics have responded to more than 12 non-fatal drownings since the beginning of the summer season.

In the latest incident on Sunday, January 2, 2022, a woman in her thirties was taken to the hospital from St. James Beach and a 30-year-old man was treated before being taken to the hospital from Monwabishi Beach.

The number of fatal drowning cases recorded along the city’s coastline has reached 10 since September.

On New Year’s Day, a 10-year-old girl drowned on Strand Beach, and hours later, an adult man was swept from a rock in Graf’s pool at Seapoint.

“The wish for our residents and visitors is to always have a safe and enjoyable experience in our public facilities. Therefore, these incidents are certainly in trouble during our holiday season. We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to all the families who have drowned and died this season. To those who are recovering from the trauma of hospitalized or non-fatal drowning, I will give you a quick recovery. “I hope,” said Councilor Patricia van der Ross, a member of the City’s Mayor’s Committee for Community Services and Health.

Meanwhile, the city’s Social Development and Infant Development Department has tagged 76,725 children since the annual Identikidz project began in mid-December. During the three weeks, 183 children were successfully reunited with their families.

On New Year’s weekend, a total of 27,272 children were tagged on participating beaches. A total of 38 children have reunited with their families, including 10 at Strandfontein and 5 at Camp’s Bay.

“New Year’s start was late due to the weather, but it cleared up in the afternoon and more tags for visitors and children. Identikidz is an additional layer of protection and peace of mind for beach goers. It is no exaggeration to say that it is demonstrating its value again. Thank you to all the beach fans who are using the project. If you haven’t done so yet, please visit the beach next time and stop by. give me.

We would also like to thank all the staff working on the beach, from lifeguards to beach buddies, Identikidz staff and sister department officials, for your hard work and long time. Keep in mind that the peak of the holiday season is now late, but school holidays are still a few weeks left, so the beaches and public spaces are quite crowded. I call on staff to stay vigilant, but I will update the call to the public to play an active role in their personal safety, “Vandelros added.

Distributed by the APO Group on behalf of City Of Cape Town Isixeko Sasekapa Stad Kaapstad.

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