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At least 8 dead in drowning incidents in CT since NYE

Authorities launched an extensive search after a child was swept out to sea in a rip current yesterday.

FILE. Near Hermanus, one man was killed after he and two friends landed in trouble in strong tides. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) says at least eight people, including three children, are among the fatalities in multiple drowning incidents since the start of the New Year's weekend.

In Paternoster yesterday, authorities launched an extensive search off the main beach after a child was swept out to sea in a rip current.

His body was later recovered 400 meters off-shore.

At the same time, near Hermanus, one man was killed after he and two friends landed in trouble in strong tides.

The NSRI's Craig Lambinon says, "Despite extensive CPR efforts, the man was declare deceased. The remaining two were transported to hospital, but they have since been released."