At 17h35 on Tuesday the 6th of January, NSRI Mykonos duty crew were activated following reports of a kite surfer in difficulty off-shore between Mykonos and the Langebaan Lagoon Mouth.
NSRI Mykonos launched the sea rescue craft Transnet National Ports Authority TNPA Rescuer One and on arrival on-scene, 1 kilometre off-shore, the kite boarder, a 39 year old Dutch man, was found lying face down in the water. He was recovered onto the rescue runner, found to be not breathing and pulseless, he was raced to shore where NSRI medics commenced CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) efforts. They were joined by paramedics from South African Paramedic Services but despite extensive efforts to resuscitate the man and after all efforts at CPR were exhausted, paramedics declared the man deceased.
His body was taken into the care of the Police and the Forensic Pathology Services and Police have opened an inquest docket.
The cause of death is unknown.
The deceased man is from Rijssen in the Netherlands and has been a kite boarding instructor in Langebaan for the past two years on annual visits to South Africa.
Family abroad are being assisted by the Dutch Consulate.
Sincerest Condolences are conveyed to family and friends of the deceased man.
At 19h48 on Tuesday the 6th of January, NSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew, on station at the time for routine training, were alerted by Police of a drowning in progress at Kings Beach.
We dispatched our sea rescue vehicle towing our sea rescue craft Boardwalk Rescuer which was launched on the scene.
Our sea rescue craft reached 21 year old Matemba Ngxishe, from Port Elizabeth, 100 meters off-shore in the surf line and he was rescued onto our boat and brought safely ashore where he required no further assistance.
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