Boy, 8, drowned in Eastern Cape lagoon

Port Edward – An eight-year-old child who drowned after apparently getting into trouble while swimming in a lagoon at the Wild Coast casino on Saturday afternoon, said the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI).

NSRI Port duty crew was activated shortly before 1.30 pm on Saturday afternoon after reports from lifeguards about a drowning in the lagoon at the Wild Coast Sun Casino New Waterpark in the Mzamba Lagoon, said NSRI Port Edward station commander John Nicholas.

"Our lifeboats for jet skis were towed to the scene and launched and NSRI Port Edward rescued swimmers, a police search and rescue service, the SA police and the Med-Evac ambulance services," he said.

Upon arrival on the spot, a lifeguard with a Malibu rescue board conducted an investigation into the lagoon where it was confirmed that an eight-year-old boy from Mzamba was missing in the lagoon. The child was reportedly disappeared into the water while swimming.

An eight-year-old child drowned after getting into trouble while swimming in the lagoon at the Wild Coast casino on Saturday afternoon. Image: NSRI

Police search and rescue scuba divers searched and NSRI rescue swimmers assisted with free diving search efforts and the NSRI jet ski was used to help in the search for surface water.

During an extensive search, police search and rescue divers took the body of the child out of the water and repaired it and unfortunately the child was declared dead by paramedics. The police had opened an account holder. Compassion was transferred to the family and the police assisted the family, Nicholas said.

African news agency (ANA)

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