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16 drownings recorded in Cape Peninsula during festive season

The municipality says alcohol played a major role in 42 near drowning incidents.

The nation’s beaches were packed during the festive season. Picture: @SAPoliceService via Twitter.

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town says a total of 16 drowning incidents have been recorded across the Cape Peninsula since the start of December.

Law enforcement officers have been deployed at beaches cross the Cape Peninsula to ensure the safety of bathers and to prevent alcohol abuse at these spots.

The municipality's safety and security directorate said it has confiscated more than 12,000 litres of alcohol from beaches this festive season alone.

#sapsWC Police searching for 10 yr old Gugulethu boy missing in sea off Clifton Beach SD pic.twitter.com/mhzbADspW5

The municipality's Robbie Roberts said the number of lost children they reunited with their parents is concerning.

"There were a total of 624 lost children reported missing on the beaches that we took care of and that we reunited with their parents at the end of the day."

He said 42 near drowning incidents were recorded. Roberts said alcohol played a major role in these incidents.

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