Yes, you read the headlines correctly. A 44 year old man, his son and their dog all drowned at La Mercy Beach in Durban, South Africa on Friday 29th of January, 2021.
According to Prem Balram from Reaction Unit SA (Rusa), their operations centre received a call for assistance from concerned fisherman who had seen the father and his son experiencing difficulty in the water.
“Reaction officers and paramedics were dispatched to scene and on arrival found father in the surf, he had been declared dead on scene,” said Balram.
Balram said the Rusa Robinson R44 helicopter was used to locate the teenager.
“After a brief low level search the boy was spotted floating approximately 100 meters away from where he entered the surf.
“Paramedics from Rusa and Netcare 911 retrieved the body of the teenager. He showed no signs of life and was declared deceased.”
Balram said witnesses said the dog entered the water in what is believed to be a rescue attempt but also drowned.
“The incident was witnessed by the deceased’s 18-year-old son who was also swept out but managed to grab onto the rocks and exit the water.”