NSRI are appealing to parents, guardians, caregivers and teachers to tell children under their care to exercise caution around swollen, flooded rivers, not to cross swollen, flooded rivers, and to exercise caution around all water including coastal waters.
NSRI are appealing to the public in general to be cautious during this time following the SA Weather Service forecast of heavy rains expected around Kwa-Zulu Natal and surrounding areas over the next few days.
At 15h20, Tuesday, 12th November, NSRI Ballito, the SA Police Services, Police Search and Rescue, Police K9 Search and Rescue, IPSS medical rescue, Kwadakuza Municipal lifeguards, Kwadakuzu Municipal Fire and Rescue Services responded to Nonoti River, Darnell, where a 7 year old male learner was swept off a bridge and was missing.
An extensive search, including IPSS medical rescue launching a craft onto the water to assist in the search, was carried out in a swollen and rapidly flowing river, inclement weather and lightening.
The multiple joint rescue team resumed that search on Wednesday morning and the joint rescue teams have also been deployed to Umvoti River, in the Glendale area, where a further 2 drowning accidents were reported to Police during Tuesday night and Wednesday early hours of the morning suspected to be flood water related drowning incidents.
Police are investigating.
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