Three people swimming at the beach were killed by “terrible” waves in Ho Chi Minh City. South Africacoastal city of Durban on Saturday, according to the local emergency medical services (EMS).
Spokesman Njabulo Dlungele said: “EMS has responded to reports of a violent wave that swept a group of seafarers into the pier causing numerous injuries.” Twitter on Sunday.
He added that a teenager was among three people declared dead at the scene in North Beach, which was closed following the incident.
Another 17 people were injured, the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government said in a statement posted on Facebook on Sunday: “The details of the incident are sketchy at this point, however, it is believed that a raging wave caused many people to crash while swimming and they drowned catastrophically.”
City of ETekwini said on Facebook on Sunday, a team of 35 rescuers launched a mass rescue effort, and paramedics were on the scene for more than 100 people involved in the incident. It said that the dead were swept out into the sea by the eddy currents.
“The city is deeply saddened by the tragedy and sends its condolences to the families of those who have passed away,” it added.
The head of the provincial government, Nomusa Dube-Ncube, has called for a full investigation into the “terrible tragedy” and
calls on “all authorities and operators managing beaches and seas to ensure adequate and preventive safety measures are taken to avoid loss of life”.
She also urges visitors to follow safety advice when visiting and assess for unpredictable weather before heading to the beach or sea.
Durban is a popular destination for South African and foreign visitors, with beaches overflowing with visitors during the holiday season.