05 July 2020 | Local News
Sea rescuer; “It was spring tide and diving in would have been like going in blind.”
A 4-year old girl lost her life to the sea in Swakopmund on Saturday at 16:00.
Erongo region crime investigation coordinator, deputy commissioner Erastus Iikuyu, confirmed the incident, saying the body of the little girl was found the same day at about 22:45 by a police reservist and his team who were doing a beach search.
“The body washed out a few meters from where the incident occurred. The next of kin were informed and the body was taken to Walvis Bay police mortuary for a post-mortem.”
According to an incident report issued earlier by Iikuyu, the deceased was enjoying a day at the beach with her family.
“The young girl was playing in shallow waters with her brother and cousin who are both aged 5. The mother allegedly saw a big wave rolling in. It caught everybody by surprise and overpowered the children. The mother attempted to save her daughter and in doing so nearly drowned herself. She was saved by bystanders.”
Attempts by sea rescuers on the scene to recover the body of the young victim proved futile.
“We saw her for a minute or two before she went under. We could not dive in, because the water was very rough. It was spring tide and diving in would have been like going in blind,” a sea rescuer on scene said.
He warned that conditions and the water in the area of OK Parking and Platz Am Meer (where the incident occurred) are highly unfavourable for swimming.
According to an eyewitness, some individuals on scene found it a laughing matter.
“There was a certain lady who was telling everyone what was happening and there were some people standing by who were laughing. I don’t know if it was out of shock, but they were laughing while the drama played out. Some people also didn’t pay any attention and ignored what was happening. They just kept going about their business unbothered. It was only when emergency services arrived that they paid attention. Where is the humanity?”