Sadly, death by drowning is all too common in the country.
It is especially unfortunate because so many of these tragedies could be preventable with more care and knowledge.
Following the death of a toddler who drowned in Milnerton on Monday, the National Sea Rescue Institute’s (NSRI) Andrew Ingram spoke with us about raising awareness.
The fatal drowning statistics in South Africa are difficult to get exactly. We estimate that approximately 600 children and 2 000 adults die each year… You need to be vigilant at all times.— Andrew Ingram, Public Education Manager, NSRI
According to Ingram, education is the most important way to help prevent fatal drowning and to help alert children to basic water safety. He says that water safety should be taught in life orientation classes at a school level.
Children under the age of five are the most vulnerable group with the most drownings taking place in the home or within 50 metres of home. This is not just in swimming pools, but also washing buckets, bathtubs and other danger zones for young children.
Listen to the full conversation on CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies: