City responds to Camps Bay drowning and claim that no lifeguards were on duty

Mayoral Committee Member Safety and Security at City of Cape Town, Alderman JP Smith, says an investigation is underway into Sunday's Camps Bay drowning.

Smith says statements have been taken from the lifeguards who were on duty on the day and their statements are different to what's been reported in the media.

According to eyewitnesses, there were no lifeguards on site when the incident happened but Smith says the person who performed CPR on the deceased was actually part of the lifeguard team who had no uniform on.

Smith explained that the lifeguards have submitted statements.

Read: Local lifeguards didn't know what to do to save a drowning man - eyewitness

We are not dismissing any of the complaints because we employ these lifeguards from the Western Province Lifesaving we are not suggesting that they are infallible, these are matters of life and death so we are investigating the matter.

JP Smith, Mayco member for safety and security

I think the lifeguards themselves will appreciate the importance of this and be very meticulous in their approach to future incidents.

JP Smith, Mayco member for safety and security

We want to keep the drownings down as we have. We are at 5 to 7 drownings a year compared to 30 drownings about five years ago. We want to keep it at zero.

JP Smith, Mayco member for safety and security

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