Beach goers have been advised to be careful when they are close to the water at the beach.

An inquest docket has been opened by police after the body of a young boy was pulled from a beach on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast on Friday morning.

Police said the Search and Rescue Unit and Metro Police Search and Rescue members were called out to recover the body of the 14-year-old boy from the shoreline at Pipeline Beach in Amanzimtoti.

Despite several warnings from authorities throughout the festive season, there have been a number of drownings in KwaZulu-Natal over the festive season.

In a separate incident, an elderly woman was injured after she slipped and fell down a few flights of steps at a beach in Ballito on the KZN North Coast.

National Sea Rescue Institute spokesperson, Craig Lambinon, said the woman, 72, sustained lacerations to her head and fractures to her left wrist.