PRINGLE BAY – Thursday, 15th November, 2012.
Francois Stevens, NSRI Gordon’s Bay on-scene commander, said:
At 08h31 on Thursday, 15th November NSRI Gordon’s Bay volunteers were called out following reports of two men washed off the rocks at The Point, Pringle Bay (Between Gordon’s Bay and Kleinmond). They were believed to be crayfishing.
Our NSRI Gordon’s Bay duty crew dispatched rescue swimmers. The EMS Skymed rescue helicopter was also sent, as well as the SA Police Force and Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services.
On arrival on-scene we found one man, an adult, being attended to in a private ambulance. He had managed to swim to shore.
The Skymed rescue helicopter spotted a second man in the surf and an EMS rescue swimmer was deployed into the water from the helicopter. The man was static line hoisted to shore where paramedics declared him dead on arrival.
Police have opened an inquest docket and Police have not released the names or details of the survivor or of the deceased man.