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NSRI: Nearly 200 rescued over festive season in WC

At least 193 people have been rescued in water-related incidents.

FILE: An NSRI rescue boat. Picture: NSRI Facebook page.

CAPE TOWN - The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) say the lives of nearly 200 people have been saved this festive season.

At least 193 people have been rescued in water-related incidents between 1 December and 2 January.

However, 37 people, 14 of them children, drowned over this period.

The NSRI’s Cleeve Robertson says: “There was a lot more activity and it was worse than 2015. Many rescues were done by bystanders or people on the beach, as well as lifeguards through proactive lifeguarding."

Robertson says that the majority of drownings in the Western Cape took place at inland water bodies.

“Sixty-eight percent of those were in fresh water, so dams and lagoons. Sadly, 17% of drownings happened in people’s swimming pools, those were domestic swimming pools. The sea only accounts for 23% of the total drownings in the Western Cape.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)