Wilderness – 24 April, 2011: 2 men missing, one man drowned and one man transported to hospital in beach tragedy:
At 16h17 NSRI Wilderness volunteers were called out following reports of people missing in the surf at Gwaaing River Mouth, near George.
Wilderness volunteers responded to the scene in a sea rescue 4×4, towing the sea rescue boat Serendipity, which was launched on scene, following confirmation that two men were missing in the surf.
One man, who swam ashore, was treated by paramedics for near drowning symptoms, and transported to hospital in a serious condition.
Another was declared dead by paramedics after efforts to resuscitate him failed.
An extensive sea, air and shore search by NSRI and the Red Cross AMS helicopter has revealed no sign of the two missing men.
A police dive unit is continuing with the search and police have opened an inquest docket.
The man taken to hospital, who is 31 years old, is family of the two missing men, aged 28 and 33, all from Paccaltsdorp.
The deceased man, aged 35, is from Riversdale.
It appears that the two missing men and the deceased man were swept out to sea by rip-currents while swimming and the 4th man, who is now in hospital, went to their aid before getting into difficulty himself.