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KZN man drowns during baptism

Lifeguards who swam out to pull the man from the water tried to resuscitate him.

FILE: The man was declared dead at the scene. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A man has drowned at an Umdloti Beach on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast after he was swept away while being baptised.

Lifeguards who swam out to pull the man from the water tried to resuscitate him with CPR until paramedics arrived.

The man was declared dead at the scene.

Paramedics have warned that there has been an increase in drownings and water-related incidents, urging residents to take precaution around pools and on beaches.

Netcare 911's Chris Botha said, "One of the people that was being baptised was swept out into the sea. Lifeguards went in, pulled the man out and he was totally unresponsive. They came out of the water, they started with CPR and the paramedics arrived there; put the man on a ventilator, and continued with advanced life support resuscitation."