Sezela, KZN-South Coast:
On Saturday afternoon, 25th April, at around midday NSRI Durban were placed on alert following reports from a bystander at Sezela Beach, KZN – South Coast, of two children involved in a near drowning accident.
According to bystander Ray Damon, from Sezela, who raised the alarm, the two children were out of the water and he and other bystanders were providing first aid medical care to one of the children, a local 10 year old male, whose condition appeared to be serious.
The second child was refusing medical care and he appeared to be okay.
Ray requested NSRI to dispatch an ambulance and NSRI Headquarters, assisted by NSRI Shelly Beach, activated an emergency response and Netcare 911 ambulance services, Hibiscus Coast Med-Evac ambulance services and Police Search and Rescue responded.
The child was treated for near drowning symptoms and transported to hospital by Med-Evac ambulance in a stable condition for observation for secondary drowning symptoms and he has since been released from hospital.
At 10h57, Saturday, 25th April, NSRI Hermanus responded to Onrus where eye-witnesses reported observing an unmanned Sea Kayak floating about half a nautical mile off-shore but with no person in sight.
The eye-witnesses were concerned that a person may be in difficulty and reported that the sea kayak had been floating unmanned in the same position for some time and they felt compelled to raise the alarm fearing that a paddler was in difficulty or missing at sea.
On arrival on the scene NSRI noticed a man paddling the sea kayak ashore and on confronting the man he confirmed that he had been out on the sea kayak earlier when friends of his on a rubber duck had come past and invited him to join them on the rubber duck. He anchored his sea kayak where it was and went off on the rubber duck with his friends to go fishing for just under two hours apparently not realising that his unmanned sea kayak floating half a nautical miles off-shore unmanned would create an emergency response to check on the welfare of a “missing paddler”.
The 42 year old man from Onrus who hadn’t realised at the time what the unmanned sea kayak may appear to look like to onlookers admits that he won’t do that again but NSRI are just happy that he is safe and that no one was in any trouble.
NSRI have expressed sincerest condolences to the family and friends of a 64 year old local man who suffered a fatal heart attack on a remote stretch of beach between Kabeljou and the Gamtoos River Mouth yesterday afternoon.
At 15h01, Saturday, 25th April, NSRI Jeffreys Bay duty crew responded to the scene following reports of an unknown emergency in progress (it was unknown at the time if this was a medical emergency or an emergency in the water).
On arrival on-scene NSRI medics took over CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) efforts from family members on the man on the beach who appeared to have suffered a heart attack while fishing on the beach with friends and family.
Private Care ambulance services and an EMS helicopter were also responding and the man was loaded onto a bakkie and driven to Kabeljou’s with CPR continuing en route.
At Kabeljou’s paramedics continued with advanced life support CPR but after all efforts to resuscitate the man were exhausted the man was sadly declared deceased.
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