Teenager drowns at Muizenberg

Henry

Despite the efforts of a benefactor, a teenage boy drowned in Muizenberg on Saturday after swimming in the sea with his friends.

Craig Lambinon, spokesperson for the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI), says a British citizen, who currently lives in Cape Town, was surfing in Muizenberg that morning when two teenagers called for help in the sea.

“The man paddled towards the two boys on his surfboard, but the strong current separated them from each other,” says Lambinon.

“The man rowed to one of the boys and put him on his fireboard and rowed to the other teenager. However, the teenager disappeared under the water before the surfer could get to him.”

Lambinon says the surfer searched tirelessly for the teenage boy in the sea, but he could not locate him.

“The man later swam to safety with the other boy while emergency services were called to search for the teenage boy.”

Lifesavers sent a jet ski into the sea and helicopters were called to search for the teenager. One of the helicopters that was called spotted the boy in the water and a rescue operation was launched.

The teenage boy was found in cooperation with several rescue services and paramedics tried to resuscitate him. However, their efforts failed and the 16-year-old boy was pronounced dead.

The body of the teenager was handed over to the health department’s forensic and pathology services.

In the meantime, the police have started an inquest.

The NSRI, lifeguards, the police, municipal beach authorities and the relevant emergency services have once again appealed to people to swim only in demarcated areas where lifeguards are present.