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A JHB man’s ploy to stay cool ends in tragedy

The man was reportedly swimming with a group of friends when he drowned this afternoon.

Emergency workers have urged residents to be cautious around pools and other bodies of water as a heatwave batters central South Africa. Picture: Wikimedia Commons.

JOHANNESBURG - A 20-year-old man has drowned in a swimming pool in Springs in the east of Johannesburg.

The man was apparently swimming with a group of friends when he drowned this afternoon.

Paramedics declared him dead at the scene.

Emergency workers have urged residents to be cautious around pools and other bodies of water as a heatwave batters central South Africa.

Net care 911's Athlenda Mathe says, "Reports from the scene suggest that the man was part of a group of friends who were swimming in the residential pool, when he experienced difficulty and drowned. When Netcare 911 paramedics arrived on the scene they found members of the [local] community policing forum performing CPR."

GAUTENGERS HEAD TO PUBLIC POOLS FOR SOME REPRIEVE FROM THE HEAT

Earlier today, many people made their way to Gauteng's public swimming pools as temperatures continued to soar.

The weather services issued a heat wave warning in some parts of the country and Gauteng was one of the areas affected with temperatures reaching highs of 42 degrees.

Residents made their way to the Orlando East public swimming pools in Soweto.

A swimmer at the pool said she found the heat exhausting.

"It is exhausting, it makes you tired [and] it makes you thirsty."

Some said they did not know how they would keep cool when they left.