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Thursday, September 24, 2020
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    Drowning cases will increase due to seasonal rain

    With the rains that bring new life, it will also be a season of sadness for a number of families.

    The rainy season is fast approaching the Highveld area. With the rains that bring new life, it will also be a season of sadness for a number of families.
    Streams swell and become rivers that will sweep everything in their path. The number of drownings will also increase. People will still try and cross rivers but will misjudge the severity and the strength of the water. This will cause them to fall into the water and be swept away.
    Monday afternoon a little boy (5) fell into the Blesbokspruit in Emzinoni and disappeared under the water. The body of the boy was recovered by the SAPS diving team from Middelburg and Delta 1 Rescue Diving on Thursday, 20 September.
    An intensive search was conducted by the divers over several days until the body was found on Thursday and recovered by members of Delta 1 Diving and Rescue and the SAPS inland water unit.
    On Sunday another person drowned at Grootvlei. The body is still missing and Delta 1 spent Monday searching for the body. An unidentified man disappeared under the water when he rowed out in search of his Bait Boat. The canoe that he was in capsized and he did not resurface.
    The following statement was taken from NSRI.org.za
    Drowning Trends in South Africa:
    There are around 2 000 fatal drownings per annum, it is estimated that 10 times this amount i.e. 20 000 are non-fatal.
    Of the fatal drownings, 600 are children (under 16 years of age). It is estimated that there are 6 000 non-fatal drowning in that age group 0-15 years.
    Not all drownings result in death. There are fatal and non-fatal drownings.

    Drowning cases will increase due to seasonal rain