NSRI issues spring tide warning following Umhloti beach drowning

The NSRI Durban volunteer sea rescue duty crew were activated following reports from the eThekwini Fire and Rescue Services of a drowning in progress at Umhloti Beach, North Coast on Saturday.

On arrival at the veach, eThekwini Municipal lifeguards rescued a 16 year old female from the surf and Netcare 911 paramedics, NSRI volunteers and the lifeguards conducted Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) on the female.

Following extensive CPR, and after all efforts to resuscitate the female were exhausted on-scene, the teenager, from Inanda, Kwa-Zulu Natal, was declared dead by paramedics.

Police took the teenagers father and sister, who were on the scene when the incident happened, into their care for trauma counselling.

The body of the deceased teenager was handed into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services and police will open an inquest docket.

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It appears that the female may have been caught in rip-currents while swimming which may have caused her to get into difficulty in the water. It is suspected that the cause of death was from drowning.

Spring Tide peaked yesterday with the full moon.The NSRI has warned swimmers that higher than normal high tide and the lower than normal low tide, associated with the spring Tide will cause stronger than normal rip-currents.

The Spring Tide effect on the ocean will last until the later half of this week and swimmers, and anglers fishing from rocks and piers, are urged to be cautious.

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