Emergency services responded to two sperate drownings around the same time in KwaZulu-Natal on Sunday, 22 January.
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Two drownings around the same time
Two drownings that happened at the same time were attended to by the IPSS Search and Rescue division, SAPS K9, SAPS Search Rescue, and Metro Search and Rescue.
After having trouble in the water, a little child vanished underwater in the Umkomaas River and a young man vanished underwater in the Tugela River.
Unfortunately, both searches have been put on hold owing to waning light and will begin on Monday morning, 23 January at first light.
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SAFETY TIPS AROUND SWIMMING POOLS
With the prevalence of drowning incidents around swimming pools, Arrive Alive gives the following swimming pool safety tips.
- Active supervision – When infants or toddlers are in or near water, an adult should be within arm’s reach to provide active supervision.
- When children are near water, parents should avoid distractions and give them their undivided attention!
- Even experienced swimmers require adult supervision. Children who are unable to swim should be provided with life jackets.
- Parents should not only supervise but also advise their children about pool safety.
- Running on slick surfaces is dangerous to everyone around. Someone could fall into the pool, accidentally push a smaller child into the water, or slip on the slick pool deck, injuring themselves.
- Avoid drains, filters, and water intakes. Tangled hair or clothing can become entangled in these structures, potentially trapping a child underwater.
- Remove pool toys – do not leave pool toys in the water. While attempting to retrieve a toy, a child may fall into the water.
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