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Beachgoers undeterred by drownings

Beachgoers say recent drownings have not discouraged them from enjoying the beach.

Over the past week, there have been two separate drowning incidents along the Cape’s coastline.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape beachgoers have again been urged to exercise caution while swimming in the ocean this summer.

Over the past week, there have been two separate drowning incidents along the Cape's coastline.

In the first incident, two students from a North West school drowned at Camps Bay beach last week.

In the second incident, a boy drowned at a beach in Melkbosstrand on the West Coast.

Camps Bay was packed on Tuesday with Capetonians lying in the sun, oblivious to a desperate search by police divers for the two teenagers who drowned.

One beachgoer says the drowning incidents are not a deterrent for him.

"Everyone wants to come to the beach. This is not going to stop me from coming to the beach."

Another beachgoer agreed.

She said, "I don't think it should scare people away from the beach, but it should make them more aware of the dangers."

Meanwhile, lifeguards will be back on duty on 29 of the Cape's beaches as of this weekend following an agreement with the City of Cape Town.