Lifeguard drowns at KZN beach

Picture: Thinkstock

Picture: Thinkstock

A 19-year-old part-time lifeguard drowned just an hour before he was supposed to sign off at Tinley Manor Beach in KwaZulu-Natal.

KwaDukuza lifeguard superintendent Bongani Xulu said the seasonal lifeguard disappeared from his board while paddling at sea on Saturday afternoon, North Coast Courier reported.

“The two lifeguards on duty, Mdu Mayeza and Bongani Mulundi went for a paddle as normal at about 4pm, before they were meant to sign off at five. When Mayeza turned around to paddle back in, he saw Mulundi’s board just floating in the water,” added Xulu.

He said they found Mulundi in the water and brought him to shore, but he was unconscious.

The lifeguards immediately started CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) until the paramedics arrived, but it was too late.

Xulu said Mulundi was part of the group of seasonal lifeguards filling in for two weeks, while the full-time lifeguards were away on training.

Mulundi’s contract would have ended yesterday.

This after two British nationals drowned at Plettenberg Bay last month.

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said a Plettenberg Bay duty crew were activated at 6.05pm following a request for assistance from a member of the public, a local man, on Robberg Beach, reporting to have found the body of a man in shallow surf on the beach.

“While calling emergency services he then reported that two female walkers on the beach had happened upon the body of a female approximately 200 metres further along the beach and also washing up on the beach in shallow surf,” said NSRI spokesman Craig Lambinon.

NSRI Plettenberg Bay, the SA Police Service, and Med-Life ambulance services responded.

“On arrival on the scene CPR efforts were commenced on both persons but sadly despite extensive CPR efforts the NSRI doctor declared both persons deceased,” added Lambinon.

– Caxton News Service


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