Three people, two of them teenagers, have drowned in separate incidents in and around Nelson Mandela Bay since Friday.
A teenager drowned after being caught in a rip current while swimming near St George’s Strand yesterday morning.
The drowning occurred just hours after the body of a child who drowned during a school outing just before the weekend had been recovered.
The latest drowning happened at about 10am yesterday, when the 17-year-old, who cannot be named until his next of kin have been notified, was swimming with friends at the beach, which borders the Port of Ngqura.
Nelson Mandela Bay Emergency Medical Services head Ashwell Botha said they were alerted at about 10am when the teenager got into difficulty.
“A group of about 11 people went down to the beach,” he said. “Three friends then decided to go for a swim.
“According to his friends, the boy was knocked over by a wave and got into difficulty.”
Botha said one of the boy’s friends managed to pull him back to shore. However, he was already unresponsive. “The teenager was, unfortunately, dead when we arrived.”
On Friday, Sibulele Monde, 14, drowned in the Swartkops River between Perseverance and Motherwell during a school hiking trip along the Flamingo Trail at the Zwartkops Conservancy.
The group of more than 123 pupils from Enkwenkwezini Primary School were accompanied by two teachers and a guide from the conservancy.
According to officials, Monde went swimming in the river at a resting point.
Yesterday morning, Monde’s body was found upstream, about a kilometre from where he drowned.
At about 3pm on Saturday, the body of an unknown woman was found floating in an irrigation canal near the Moses Mabhida township in Kirkwood.