Donate Shop Call for Help Now Find a Base


087 094 9774
A young boy, believed to be aged around 9 or 10, sadly drowned at Wilderness Lagoon today.Torsten Henschel, NSRI Wilderness duty coxswain, said that NSRI Wilderness were alerted at 11h13, Saturday, 17th December, following reports of a drowning in progress at Wilderness Lagoon, next to Wilderness beach.On arrival on the scene George Fire and Rescue Services, Eden 911 ambulance services and the SA Police Services were in attendance with lifeguards at Wilderness Lagoon.Lifeguards had recovered the body of the boy from the water and paramedics were administering CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) efforts to the child but after all efforts to resuscitate the child were exhausted the child was declared deceased. It appears that despite swimming and playing in shallow water the child got into difficult in a deeper section of the lagoon. Police have opened an inquest docket and the body of the child has been taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services.NSRI and the emergency services convey sincere condolences to family and friends of the child who drowned at Wilderness today.2 children survived a non-fatal drowning accident at the same lagoon yesterday. Safety tips for parents:
  • Ensure that children are supervised by a responsible adult while they are swimming and playing in water.
  • Go to beaches where and when lifeguards are on duty and identify where the lifeguards are on the beach so that if you need help you can quickly alert the lifeguards.
  • NSRI urge the public not to drink alcohol when around water particularly when you are with your families enjoying a day at coastal or inland waterways.
  • Have the sea rescue emergency number 112 programmed into your phone and have local sea rescue and emergency numbers programmed into your phone. Go to the NSRI web page to find local sea rescue emergency phone numbers and safety tips for water users.
This image was sourced from the internet This image was sourced from the internet
Next Article

Drowning at Yzerfontein and incidents at Kenton-On-Sea, Three Anchor Bay, Kommetjie, Port Edward, Melkbosstrand and East London:  

Read More

You may also like

2024 02 18 Gordons Bay 1
RESCUES  | Published: 18 February 2024

NSRI Gordons Bay Reacts to Beach Incident Near Naval Base

NSRI Gordons Bay duty crew were activated following eyewitness reports of a drowning in progress at a beach next to Gordons Bay Main Beach (next to the Gordons Bay Naval Base). ...

Simons Town Rescue 10
RESCUES  | Published: 18 February 2024

National Incidents

NSRI Richards Bay duty crew were activated following a request for assistance from 3 South African men on a sailing yacht reporting to be caught in heavy seas off-shore of Richards Bay motoring with one of their two motors after ...

2024 02 13 Rescue 6 Alpha
RESCUES  | Published: 13 February 2024

NSRI Gqeberha Rescues Crew from Sinking Vessel off Port Elizabeth Coast

NSRI Gqeberha duty crew were activated following a Mayday distress call, intercepted by TNPA (Transnet National Ports Authority) Port of Port Elizabeth Port Control and by Telkom Maritime Radio Services, from a local supply motor vessel, with 3 local crew ...