Schalk Boonzaaier, NSRI Kleinmond station commander, said:
At 15h56, Tuesday, 26 November, NSRI Kleinmond duty crew were activated following reports of a drowning in progress at Kleinmond Lagoon.
NSRI Kleinmond rescue swimmers, the SA Police Services, Overberg Fire and Rescue Services, WC Government Health EMS rescue squad and ambulance and EMR ambulance services responded.
On arrival on the scene we found a group of children had been swimming in the lagoon when reportedly one of the group, a local boy, aged 9, went missing in the water.
The children raised the alarm.
NSRI rescue swimmers were deployed into the water conducting sweeping line and free dive search efforts and located the child under water and brought him to shore.
Sadly paramedics have declared the child deceased.
The body of the child has been taken into the care of Government Health Forensic Pathology Services and Police have opened an inquest docket.
Condolences are conveyed to the family of the child.
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