THE quick thinking of an off-duty Komani policeman and his nine-year-old daughter saved the life of a boy found drowning in a pond at the Queens Hotel and Casino on a peaceful Sunday afternoon.
Lieutenant Colonel Christiaan Strydom and his family, including his daughter, Mieke, were having a picnic in the gardens when she ran to him, screaming that a child was drowning in the nearby pond.
Strydom said he ran towards the pond and jumped in – clothes and all – dragging the child out of the water.
A few thumps on his back and the six-year-old child spluttered, coughing up water.
A relative had allegedly been inside the casino at the time.
Daniela Grimm of the Queens Hotel and Casino said unfortunately the child had been left unattended in the gardens. “The matter is under investigation.”
Police spokesman Captain Namhla Mdleleni said cluster commander Brigadier Pumla Mavuka had commended Strydom for his bravery.
Strydom said his daughter should be given the credit for being alert and seeing that the boy was in trouble.
“Such incidents happen quickly – a peaceful moment can turn into something serious within seconds. Parents and caregivers must be responsible and watch over their children.” – Rep reporter