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6 drownings reported along WC, EC coasts over New Year's weekend

Six drownings have been reported in the Western & Eastern Cape over the New Year’s long weekend.

Six drownings have been reported in the Western and Eastern Cape. Picture: @NSRI.

CAPE TOWN - Six drownings have been reported in the Western and Eastern Cape over the New Year’s long weekend.

Officials responded to a number of cases along the coast including three fatalities in Port Alfred.

In another incident in Wilderness, a seven-year-old was rescued from a lagoon after he was caught in a rip current.

The National Sea Rescue Institute's Craig Lambinon says: “There’ve been lots of cases of people being swept out to sea by rip current. One fatal drowning in Cape Town. We continue to urge the public to go to the beach when and where lifeguards are on duty.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)