Tragic! Man drowns in swimming pool in Upington

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A 26-year-old man drowned in a pool in Upington on Monday while swimming with his friends.

POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING THE DROWNING

According to police spokesperson Captain Olebogeng Tawana, police have opened an inquest docket into the death of a man suspected to have drowned in a swimming pool in Upington. 

THE MAN WAS SWIMMING WITH FRIENDS

“It is alleged that on Saturday, the 26-year-old man was in the company of his friends, swimming in a pool and apparently drowned. At this stage, we do not suspect any foul play, he said.

Tawana furthermore said the incident happened on Saturday, 22 January 2022.

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SAFETY TIPS TO KEEP IN MIND

Drowning is an ever-present risk when people go to rivers, beaches, dams, and pools.

Below are some water safety tips you would be well advised to follow:

  • Before entering the sea, swimmers must take time to watch the waves and must avoid places where there is a strong backwash, obvious rip currents or a danger of being washed onto the rocks.
  • Check the weather and the tides before you leave home – if the sea is too rough, you could be swept away.
  • Only enter where the waves are straight and gentle.
  • If you experience a strong current, get out of the sea, or at least do not go in deep.
  • Never swim while you are intoxicated. Alcohol impairs judgement and unnecessary risks are taken. An intoxicated swimmer will tire more easily, increasing the chance of an accident or drowning.
  • Check with the lifeguards on duty what the surf conditions are before entering the sea.
  • Only swim in designated areas that are supervised by lifeguards.
  • If the lifeguards give you directions or instructions from the beach, obey them.

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