The KwaZulu-Natal police are searching for the body of a nine-year-old boy who drowned at the Durban beach front on Tuesday.

This brings the total number of drowning’s to at least 12 over the festive period across the province.

On New Year’s Day a 30-year-old man drowned at Pipeline Beach south of Durban, and a 29-year-old drowned at a public swimming pool in Tongaat north of Durban.

Police spokesperson, Thembeka Mbhele, says the police have resumed their search for the nine-year-old on Wednesday after it was called off because of the strong current.

“Durban search and rescue as well as Metro police search and rescue were called out and informed about the drowning. They went to look for the missing child but the body was not found. The police are still looking for the body and the body has not been found at the moment.”

Meanwhile, the KwaZulu-Natal police have warned the public to be cautious while swimming in the sea, dams and swimming pools.

Life guards have warned that sea currents on the Durban beach front are quite strong and dangerous at the moment.

Mbhele explains, “In the Durban beaches in this festive season we had a lot of drownings and some of them are the result of alcohol and others as a results of people swimming outside demarcated areas. I just want to urge the holiday makers to please to keep from restricted area and also not to swim while they are under the influence of liquor and also if it is children they must be swimming under supervision.”

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