... while 17-year-old survives near drowning
A 22-year-old man from Galeshewe drowned in the river at Langleg resort on New Year’s Day.
It is believed that three men jumped into the river to swim at about 2.30pm, while thousands of residents were spending the day at Riverton and Langleg resorts.
Captain Sergio Kock said the Northern Cape SAPS Search and Rescue/Diving unit retrieved the body at about 4pm.
“The police are investigating an inquest into the death.”
He said the other two men were unharmed.
Langleg. Video: Soraya Crowie
The SAPS search and rescue team were assisted by members of the SAPS mounted unit and police chopper.
A stampede apparently took place outside the gates at Langleg after a crowd of people who were dropped off at the gate, and were not allowed entry, due to limited access control.
Concern was expressed regarding the lack of crowd control measures and disaster plans as well as the shortage of security guards at the pleasure resorts.
Spokesperson for Sol Plaatje Municipality Sello Matsie expressed sadness at the drowning.
He stated that lifeguards were on duty at the resorts although they were stationed at the swimming pools.
“We do not expect people to swim in the river as it is influenced by currents and weeds.”
Riverton. Video: Soraya Crowie
He said between 10 000-12 000 people had visited Riverton and Langleg resorts on New Year’s Day.
“We are not aware of any stampede. People were referred to Langleg resort when Riverton resort was filled to capacity as Langleg has a larger capacity. Traffic officials and the police are at the resorts to ensure that people get back home safely.”
Meanwhile, the Northern Cape SAPS Search and Rescue/Diving unit rescued a 17-year-old boy from a near drowning on January 1 at about 11am after he fell into the Warrenton weir.
Captain Sergio Kock said that the man and his friend went for a swim in the dam at the time of the incident.
“Members of the Provincial SAPS Search and Rescue team – warrant officer Brakkies Breedt and warrant officer Michael Korasi, who were busy with patrols, rescued the two men.
They administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the teenager after he stopped breathing.”
He said they managed to revive him and contacted the ambulance services to transport him to Warrenton Hospital, where he was in a stable condition.
Kock advised persons not to enter dams, pools, quarries or rivers, if they could not swim or if they were under the influence of alcohol.
“Rivers poses a life-threatening danger because of unseen currents, water plants, water animals and rocks.”
He also urged parents to supervise their children at all times especially if they were swimming.