Cops warn about water safety

12 December 2019 | Local News

The police have urged the public to take proper safety precautions when swimming or crossing rivers and floodplains.

The warning was issued after a boy drowned and a girl nearly drowned at the coast on Sunday. “Those who cross rivers and water ponds must not underestimate the level of water, but assess the level of the water before crossing, be it when they are on foot or by vehicle,” Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi said. She urged parents to deter children from playing in water, especially if they cannot swim, adding that children should be supervised at all times.

In the first incident an 11-year-old boy drowned at Henties Bay on Sunday afternoon.

It is alleged that four boys between the ages of 11 and 12 were swimming in the sea. When the other three got out of the water, they noticed that Prince Samuel Pietersen was missing. The police conducted a search and the boy's body was recovered on Wednesday.

In a separate incident, a 10-year-old girl almost drowned near the Platz Am Meer mall in Swakopmund on Sunday. According to the police seven children were swimming with parental supervision when the 10-year-old girl was swept away by a large wave. When the girl screamed for help her mother called a bystander who rescued the girl. Paramedics took the girl to the Swakopmund State Hospital where she was admitted for treatment.

ELLANIE SMIT

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