Incidents at Noordhoek, Melkbosstrand and Port Elizabeth:


At 20h00, Saturday, 06th January, NSRI Kommetjie medical crew responded to Noordhoek Beach where a 39 year old man had been robbed and assaulted while walking on the beach.

On arrival on the scene NSRI medics treated a 39 year old Egyptian tourist for 9 stab wounds to his chest and head.  Although in a serious condition he was stabilised on the beach before being moved to the car park by NSRI medics and assisted by CMR (Cape Medical Response) paramedics and local security neighbourhood watch members.  Local neighbourhood watch members, Table Mountain Watch and Kom Watch, were in attendance and Police were also called to the scene.

NSRI believe that Police have opened a case of theft and of attempted murder.

A CMR ambulance transported the patient to hospital in a serious but stable condition.  Fears were that one stab wound may have penetrated his lung causing a Pneumothorax, said Ian Klopper, NSRI Kommetjie station commander (and a paramedic).

The City of Cape Town Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDT) were activated and they are assisting the tourist who is recovering in False Bay hospital in Fish Hoek.  His wallet, documents and car keys to a rental car were taken from him on the beach.  The patient should be released in a day or two.

The car rental company was identified by DEDT and members of DEDT located his rental car which has been brought to the hospital.  DEDT located his holiday accommodation agent and additional tourism assistance is being provided.


At 19h05, Saturday, 06th January, NSRI Melkbosstrand medics responded to Melkbosstrand Beach where NSRI lifeguards and Municipal lifeguards had initiated CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) on an elderly female found on a bench suffering from a Stroke or a Heart Attack.  Community Medics and ER24 ambulance services were activated.

Extensive CPR efforts, assisted by the lifeguards, NSRI medics and paramedics were continued including heart defibrillation and with CPR continuing in an Er24 ambulance the patient was transported to hospital where CPR continued but sadly after all efforts by hospital staff were exhausted the female was declared deceased.

Condolences are conveyed to family and friends.


NSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew responded at 08h00, Saturday, 06th January, aboard the sea rescue craft Spirit of Toft to rendezvous with the vessel Grand Lady off Port Elizabeth.

On arrival on the scene a 38 year old Filipino crewman was treated for suspected chemical burns to his eyes and he has been brought to shore and transported to hospital in a stable condition for further treatment.


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