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MILNERTON:At 17h51 on Friday afternoon NSRI were alerted to a drowning in progress at Lagoon Beach, Milnerton.Almost immediately it was reported that bystanders had recovered a 13 year old male from the surf and bystander CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) efforts were in progress.CoCT Law Enforcement, Milnerton Surf Lifesaving lifeguards, Community Medics, Life Health Care Response paramedics and WC Government Health EMS responded.Sadly despite extensive advanced life support CPR efforts the teenager was declared deceased.Police have opened an inquest docket and the body of the teenager has been taken into the care of WC Government Health Forensic Pathology Services.Condolences are conveyed to the family.The 2 drowning incidents on Friday in Cape Town happened during an outgoing tide and it appears that in both cases the teenagers were caught in strong rip currents.High tide had peaked after 3p.m. and the high tide was receding.The New moon Spring tide peaks on Saturday, 17h October, and this Spring tides higher than normal high tide and lower than normal low tide will last into the coming week.Rip currents are the greatest danger and occur constantly throughout the month and bathers should exercise caution while swimming at beaches.NSRI are appealing to the public to be cautious while swimming, don’t go too deep into the surf line, and children should have responsible adult supervision when they are in the water.
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