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Rip currents claim another life

A seven-year-old boy’s body was discovered by emergency officials at Melkbosstrand.

A Cape Town beach. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town has urged the public to get involved in lifesaving.

Municipal officials met with their counterparts at Western Province Lifesaving on Tuesday to renew a contract which will see more lifeguards on duty on the provinces beaches.

The city's Belinda Walker explained some details of the contract.

"To develop the sport of lifesaving, to establish clubs in areas where they don't currently exist, arrange for lifesavers to be provided by the lifesaving body to do work on the city's beaches."

ANOTHER DROWNING

A seven-year-old boy drowned off the West coast at Melkbosstrand.

The boy, who is from Atlantis, was swimming with friends when he was swept out to sea by a strong rip current on Monday afternoon.

Emergency officials found his body after an extensive search.

This incident follows the drowning of two teenage boys from the North West who were swimming in Camps Bay last week.

The boys, who were trying to save a fellow classmate in distress, were also caught in a rip current.

While the classmate and one of the boys trying to save him drowned, the other was saved by a Johannesburg man.

There were no lifeguards on duty at the time.

On Monday, Cape Town city bosses signed an agreement which will ensure paid lifeguards are present on beaches from this week.

Walker said, "It would enable Western Province Lifesaving to provide the lifesavers, which they have been providing for the last three years on 29 beaches throughout the city. This during school holidays, public holidays and on days we expect the beach to be busy."