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Man drowns at Cape Town beach

City of Cape Town officials say paramedics performed CPR but it was too late.

FILE: Earlier emergency services managed to revive a man who’d lost consciousness following a near-drowning incident in Kalk Bay. Picture: Masa Kekana/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A 27-year-old man has drowned in Melkbaai beach in Strand, Cape Town.

City of Cape Town officials say paramedics performed CPR but it was too late.

The city's Richard Bosman said, "Unfortunately the resuscitation that was applied was not successful and the person has been declared dead. We also want to urge people to please be careful."

Earlier emergency services managed to revive a man who'd lost consciousness following a near-drowning incident in Kalk Bay.

At the same time, Cape Town officials say beaches are filling up quickly as thousands of holiday-makers are making their way to the beach.

About 1,200 safety and security staff are working full-time during the festive season to ensure safety on the city's beachfront.

Certain roads have already had to be closed due to the high volumes of people making their way to the beaches.

Bosman warns motorists they can expect bumper to bumper traffic on the beach.

"Some beaches we've had to close now because they are too full while some are filling up quickly."