- Lifeguard, Cameron Vannithing, saved a man from downing over the weekend
- Mayco member for community services and health, Zahid Badroodien, hailed Vannithing a hero
- Badroodien also confirmed that only 19 of the 35 Cape Town public swimming pools were opened due to water restrictions
Briefly.co.za gathered this to be the moment Cameron Vannithing had been training for.
The young lifeguard heard screams for help as a bather at the Strand indoor swimming pool struggled to stay afloat.
Without hesitation, Vannithing immediately sprang to life as he dove in to pull the desperate man to safety.
After pulling him out of the water, Vannithing administered CPR and maintained the chest compression until the man was hospitalised.
IOL News reported that Zahid Badroodien heaped praise on the brave young man as well.
The Mayco member for community services and health said they would have had another fatal drowning to contend with had it not been for Vannithing’s quick reaction.
Badroodien confirmed that no drownings were experienced at City pools but that lifeguards had a tough time with many close calls.
He also conveyed the City’s continued emphasis on water conservation as only 19 of the 35 swimming pools were open for the holidays.
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