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|Posted: Sat Jan 16th, 2010 11:23 am||
|Three drown at Kosi Mouth
THREE DROWN AT KOSI MOUTH
For Immediate release:
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and the iSimangaliso Wetland Authority report that three people drowned, one person is missing and three were admitted to hospital in KwaMgwanase during New Year’s Day festivities at the the mouth of the Kosi Lake system in the northern part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.
Staff of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife with the SAPS are trying to establish the facts surrounding incidents that took place on 01 Janaury 2010.
Several thousands of people descended on Kosi Mouth on New Year’s Day, severely overtaxing the limited facilities and making crowd control impossible.
It was only towards the end of the day that the authorities were able to collate sketchy reports of near drownings, a missing person and three actual drownings by comparing notes with the hospital in nearby KwaMgwanase and the local SAPS.
Staff of EKZNW are currently searching the banks of the Kosi Estuary and combing the beaches on either side of the estuary mouth for signs of the person reported as missing.
Details are extremely sketchy on all the incidents as few were reported to staff immediately and with any accuracy.
Due to the nature of the terrain there is no cellular telephone signal at Kosi Mouth, a factor that has complicated matters considerably.
Massive crowds descended on other beaches in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park with Park authorities estimating that about 70 000 people had thronged the various beaches.
St Lucia alone reported an estimated 40 000 people on the beaches.
AJG/ MEDIA RELEASE: INCIDENTS AT KOSI MOUTH 01/01/2010
Was there at christmas time....was actually disgusting the way people were carrying on....WHEN ARE THE AUTHORITIES GOING TO STEP IN AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS???? IF YOU WANT A SWIMMING/PARTYING BEACH....GO TO DURBAN! THIS IS A RESERVE - MEANT FOR THE PRESERVATION OF WILDLIFE, NOT A SOWETO EXTENSION!!!