The fence around Palmiet River campsite, near Kleinmond, Western Cape, South Africa. Image via: flickr

Multiple fatal drowning incidents reported around SA this past weekend

The NSRI are appealing to the public to be cautious following a weekend of multiple serious incidents including fatal drownings.


The fence around Palmiet River campsite, near Kleinmond, Western Cape, South Africa. Image via: flickr

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) has reported multiple fatal and non-fatal drowning accidents and water-related emergencies in SA over the past weekend. The institute has, therefore, appealed to the public to be cautious in and around coastal and inland waters.


The NSRI reported the following national incidents on Monday 8 February 2021; 

  • Two adult females drowned at Trafalgar Beach on the KZN South Coast. In that same incident a teenage girl and a teenage boy were rescued safely;
  • An adult male drowned at Palmiet Beach, Kleinmond and in that incident an adult male was also rescued safely; 
  • A 12-year-old girl drowned at Glencairn Tidal Pool in Cape Town;
  • An adult male is missing on an inlet river to the Vaal Dam in a drowning accident;
  • Emergency Services and Police Divers are still searching for at least five people who are missing in flood-related incidents;
  • A 13-year-old girl suffered serious injuries after falling from rocks into Clanwilliam Dam.

“And in numerous incidents, people survived non-fatal drowning accidents or incidents involving boats and paddle craft. In many of these accidents, public members stepped in to help prior to NSRI and the emergency services arriving on the scene and they are commended for their efforts,” the NSRI said. 

“We are urgently appealing to the public to adopt a safety conscious mind set in around water particularly now that beaches are reopened to the public and in light of floods from heavy rainfalls being experienced or expected to be experienced in some Provinces,” it added. 


Steynsrus police are investigating a very unfortunate drowning incident whereby seven children and one adult drowned. It is alleged that on Sunday 7 February 2021 at about 10:52 the police in Steynsrus received a complaint about a white Honda Ballade that was swept away into the river at a farm.

“According to information, in the vehicle was the driver Tshokolo Hlongwane (26), two adult males, Mohau Mokoena and Swartbooi Hlongwane and seven children, four boys and three girls. The two males and the driver managed to get out of the vehicle and escape but the driver went back into the water to try and save the children from drowning and was also swept away by water,” said Brigadier Motantsi Makhele. 

“All seven children drowned and the police divers managed to recover six bodies of the children and the body of the driver, the body of the seventh child is still missing,” added Makhele.