Teenager rescued in near drowning in Salt Rock, KZN following fatal drowning at nearby beach
National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) members were called to save a teenager and two men who tried to help her after she was swept out to sea in Salt Rock, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), two days after the fatal drowning of an 11-year-old boy in La Mercy Lagoon, North of Durban. The KwaZulu-Natal teenager is fighting for her life after surviving a near-drowning at Salt Rock, north of Durban, on Saturday, 28 September 2019. Brendon Power of the NSRI in Ballito said the 17-year-old remains in a critical condition after she ran into trouble while swimming near the main beach. Power said a spring tide had caused rough seas, resulting in dangerous bathing conditions. He said a rescue team was deployed after receiving a report of a "drowning in progress".
"It was found that a 17-year-old girl was being swept out to sea by rip currents, and two good Samaritans reached her in the surf," he said. Power said lifeguards managed to rescue all three people. Paramedics performed cardio pulmonary resuscitation on the teenager and revived her. "The teenager was airlifted to hospital, where she remains in a critical condition," said Power.
The two men who helped her were also taken to hospital for treatment. One of the men had cuts and bruises from rocks.
At 15h19, Thursday, 26th September, NSRI Ballito duty crew were activated following reports of a drowning in progress at La Mercy Lagoon, North of Durban.
NSRI Ballito rescue swimmers and the sea rescue craft Remax Rescuer, The South African Police Services, Police Search and Rescue, Police K9 Search and Rescue, Metro Police Search and Rescue, eThekwini Lifeguards and Netcare 911 ambulance services responded.
On arrival on the scene eThekwini lifeguards established that an 11-year-old male child had gone missing in the lagoon and they initiated a search for the child who had gone missing in the water while reportedly swimming with a group of friends, believed to be aged between nine and 12.
NSRI, Police, paramedics and Metro Police joined the lifeguards in the search.
Police K9 officers were transported onto the lagoon aboard the NSRI sea rescue craft and an area was indicated to Police divers who conducted a dive operation where they located and recovered the body of the missing child.
Sadly the child has been declared deceased by paramedics and the body of the child has been taken into the care of the Government Health Forensic Pathology Services.