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22 drownings on Cape coast

22 people have drowned on CT beaches since the beginning of November.

22 people have drowned on CT beaches since the beginning of November. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town says 22 people have drowned at beaches across the Cape Peninsula since the beginning of November.

Disaster Risk Management's Wilfred Solomons Johannes says, "We will maintain a high policing presence, particularly on the beaches where life guarding and beach patrols are concerned. The city is also appealing to bathers to exercise caution and swim where provision has been made for them to swim."

Two weeks ago, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said two people drowned in separate incidents within a period of 24 hours.

A 15-year-old boy was swept out to sea by a rip current while swimming at Struisbaai beach, while a 28-year-old man drowned near Stilbaai.

The NSRI's Craig Lambinon said, "It appears the man actually went in the water to help someone, but he got into trouble himself and disappeared underwater. During our three hour search his body was recovered and handed over to the forensic pathology department. Police have opened an inquest docket."

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