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Matrix learner drowns during school outing

An 18-year-old matrix learner drowned in a tide pool at the Willow Grove resort in Gqeberha on Sunday, October 23.


Jonathan Tufts, deputy commander of the National Sea Rescue Research Institute (NSRI) at Gqeberha Station, said rescue swimmers, police and provincial and private EMS responded to ongoing reports of drowning at the resort.

“Upon arrival at the scene, rescue swimmers entered the water to find a missing 18-year-old male matrix learner who was reported missing in a tide pool,” Tufts said.

Two other students, who were on a school outing, managed to get out of the water safely without injury, NSRi said.

Locals help find missing Matrix learners, NSRI and Coastal Water Rescue Swimmers conduct line sweeping freediving search drills.

The body of the 18-year-old boy was found and paramedics tried to resuscitate him with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Unfortunately, the teenager was pronounced dead at the scene after CPR efforts were exhausted.

Police and the Government Health Forensic Pathology Service took the learner’s body. A case file has been opened for investigation.

“Our condolences go out to the family of the deceased,” Tufts said.


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