A young boy has drowned

File image: Jennifer Ponder


CorrectionThe mother of the young boy who sadly died in a suspected drowning in a hotel swimming pool is reportedly believed to be an employee of a local salon and not an employee of the hotel.

Original Release:

At 18h37, Saturday, 06th January, NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty crew were activated following reports from bystanders (and following calls from multiple eye-witnesses) at the Beacon Island Hotel that bystanders had initiated CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) efforts on a 5 year old boy who a group of children, swimming in the hotel pool, had recovered from underwater.

Children swimming in the pool noticed an object under water in the pool and on closer inspection they realised that a child was lying at the bottom of the pool.  The children rescued the child to the pools edge where adult bystanders (the parents of the children who had recovered the body from the pool) initiated CPR.

NSRI medical crew, who carry full advance life support medical kits in their vehicles, were on the scene in minutes, and an ER Trauma Nurse (Emergency Room Trauma Nurse) from Mediclinic, off-duty but at home nearby and who is also on the NSRI emergency activation group, responded to the scene.

Medlife ambulance services were activated.

On arrival on the scene NSRI medics and the ER Trauma Nurse, took over CPR from the bystanders.  CPR efforts were assisted by a doctor, who was at the hotel at the time, and joined by Medlife paramedics on their arrival on the scene.

With CPR efforts continuing, the child was transported to hospital by ambulance where doctors continued with CPR in hospital but sadly after all efforts to resuscitate the child were exhausted the child has been declared deceased.

Police have opened an inquest docket.

Trauma counselors are attending to family of the deceased child.  The mother is believed to be an employee of the hotel and her daughter was at the pool at the time.

NSRI and emergency services convey our condolences.

The children who rescued the child from underwater and the bystanders, their parents, who initiated CPR are commended for their actions.



3 Responses to “A young boy has drowned”

  1. Guest
    06. Jan, 2018 at 22:18 #

    The hotel needs to look into this. This indoor pool is right next to the children’s indoor play area.

  2. Marique
    07. Jan, 2018 at 02:20 #

    I want to thank the NSRI and their teams on the beach for their quick reaction. I was sitting on the beach with my 4year old twin girls when i heard a siren go off, within minutes the lifeguards was running at full speed towards the hotel, I instantly knew that it must be someone at the hotel, only once I saw an life guard running with the oxygen supplies i knew that something serious was wrong-their(The NSRI) vehicle was there within minutes-more than 2 people rushed to the scene-by this time there was hundreds of worried and curious people on the beach. We were surrounded by onlookers and curious people. It was not long after that the ambulance arrived and I was praying continuesly for this soul who ever it might be…seeing the ambulance leaving with sirens on gave me hope and I continued praying until I got home-eager on news I went to search and my heart is truely breaking with this family. May God hold you in this terrible time…i cannot begin to phatom your pain and in my heart I’m broken with you…no parent needs to witness this ever…

    • NSRI
      07. Jan, 2018 at 07:33 #

      Thank you for your kind words Marique. Our crew are all unpaid volunteers and are incredibly dedicated. Their response time is a point of pride. Drowning incidents are traumatic for everyone involved, especially when young children are involved. Kind words of support mean a lot to us.

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