At 12h49, Sunday, 27th December, NSRI Bakoven duty crew were activated following reports of a drowning in progress at Maidens Cove, Camps Bay.
City of Cape Town (CoCT) lifeguards launched a rescue craft, Law Enforcement, Community Medics, ER24 ambulance services, Camps Bay Community Safety Initiative members, WC Government Health EMS and Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services responded while NSRI Bakoven prepared to launch a sea rescue craft and the EMS/AMS Skymed rescue helicopter prepared to respond.
On arrival on the scene, 300 meters off-shore, CoCT lifeguards rescued the 54 year old woman, from Manenberg, from the surf and brought her to shore aboard their rescue rubber duck where lifeguards and paramedics commenced CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) efforts.
CPR was successful on the beach and the patient was transported to hospital in a critical condition by an ER24 ambulance. Sadly on arrival at hospital the patient succumbed to fatal drowning injuries and despite extensive CPR efforts she was declared deceased by doctors.
It appears, from eye-witness reports, that the patient had fallen or had been swept off rocks into the sea before being swept out to sea by rip currents.
The emergency services express sincere condolences to family.
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