SEA RESCUE – National – 01st January, 2016. Clifton, Port Alfred, Milnerton Lagoon Beach, Melkbosstrand, Richards Bay, Port Elizabeth:
At 13h09, Friday, 01st January, NSRI Bakoven duty crew launched sea rescue craft to join Clifton Surf Lifeguards who had initiated a search between 1st Beach and 2nd Beach, Clifton, for a 10 year old boy, from Gugulethu, reportedly missing in the surf after being swept out to sea by rip-currents.
NSRI Table Bay, Community Medics, ER24 ambulance services, WC government Health EMS, Law Enforcement, the SA Police Services, a Police dive unit and the Police helicopter joined in the search.
Despite an extensive air, sea and shore search no sign of the child has been found and a Police dive unit will continue an ongoing search.
Police have opened an investigation and family of the missing child are being cared for by trauma counsellors.
At 13h30, Friday, 01st January, NSRI Port Alfred launched sea rescue craft following reports of a drowning in progress at West Beach, Port Alfred.
The SA Police Services and EC Government Health EMS also responded.
On arrival on the scene paramedics continued CPR (Cardio Piulmonary Resuscitation) efforts that had been initiated by bystanders who had rescued a 17 year old male, from Grahamstown, from the surf.
Despite extensive CPR efforts the teenager was declared deceased by paramedics.
Police have opened an inquest docket and the body of the deceased teenager has been taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services.
Police are assisting the family.
At 14h15, Friday, 01 January, NSRI Richards Bay, while on a routine patrol, happened upon a drowning in progress at the Bay Hall Area, Richards Bay Port.
3 people, an elderly man, a 12 year old girl and an 8 year old boy, all locals, were missing in the water.
Police divers recovered the body of the elderly man who was declared deceased on the scene.
NSRI rescue swimmers assisted bystanders to recover a 12 year old girl and an 8 year old boy from the water.
NSRI medics commenced with extensive CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) efforts and the 8 year old boy heart beat and spontaneous breathing was restored and he was transported to hospital in a stable but serious condition by ambulance while the 12 year old girl was transported to hospital in a critical condition while CPR continued in the ambulance.
MELKBOSSTRAND and MILNERTON LAGOON BEACH:
At 12h37, Friday, 01 January, lifeguards rescued a 21 year old woman, from Kraaifontein, from the surf and she has been attended to at the NSRI Melkbosstrand Sea Rescue base for non-fatal drowning symptoms and paramedics arrived to assist but despite being 6 months pregnant the woman refused to be transported to hospital and she was released requiring no further assistance.
At 13h56, Friday, 01 January, NSRI Melkbosstrand responded to Hakgat, near Melkbosstrand, following reports of two males being swept out to sea.
On arrival on the scene it was found that two men had rescued a 17 year old male and a 34 year old male, from Brackenfell, from the surf. The 2 men are commended for their rescue effort.
The 2 casualties were treated for exhaustion and the 17 year old male was taken to hospital by family members for further treatment in a stable condition.
At 15h28, Friday, 01 January, NSRI Bakoven, NSRI Table Bay, Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services and a Police Dive Unit responded to Milnerton Lagoon Beach to assist Law Enforcement, Milnerton Surf Lifesaving and WC Government Health EMS attending to reports of 3 people in difficulty in the water.
2 persons were recovered from the water by lifeguards and they were not injured.
Reportedly 1 person remained missing, a male aged 18, and the EMS/AMS Skymed helicopter joined an extensive search and a body was located by the helicopter and recovered from the water by Police divers and taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services.
It was then revealed that the body located was that of a 26 year old male, from Delft, who had not been reported missing and only once the body had been recovered did friends of the deceased man realise that he may have been amongst those who were in difficulty in the surf or that he had drowned in a separate incident (remains unknown) and they were not aware that he had been missing until he was recovered.
The EMS/AMS Skymed rescue helicopter joined a Police dive unit continuing to search for one missing man and Police are attending to the family of the missing man.
The missing 18 year old man has not been located and a Police dive unit will continue an ongoing search.
At 15h18, Friday, 01 January, NSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew dispatched 2 sea rescue craft to join Coastal water Rescue, the Nelson Mandela Bay Beach Managers authorities and Blue Water Bay searching for a 14 year ld local male missing in the surf at Smelly Creek, near to Deal Party.
It appears that a National Ports Authority security member, Roland Luitjies, while on a routine patrol, witnessed the child in difficulty and went into the water to rescue the child but lost his grip on the child in waves.
An extensive search, including 2 sea rescue craft, a lifeguard boat, Coastal Water Rescue boat, a Police helicopter, Nelson Mandela Bay Fire and Rescue Services, EC Government Health EMS, the SA Police Services and a Police dive unit, no sign of the missing teenager has been found.
Police divers will continue an ongoing search.
Police have opened an investigation and are attending to the family of the missing child.
At 17h39, Friday, 01 January, NSRI Jeffreys Bay duty crew were activated following reports from Police of a drowning in progress at the Gamtoos River Mouth.
An NSRI sea rescue craft, a sea rescue vehicle an EC Government Health EMS responded.
On arrival on-scene it was found that a 38 year old male, from Uitenhage, had reportedly been rescued from the surf by two bystanders.
NSRI medics treated the man on the scene for breathing difficulties and non-fatal drowning symptoms and on their arrival on the scene paramedics took over care of the man and he has been transported to hospital in a stable condition.
The men who rescued the casualty are commended for their actions.
At 18h43, Friday, 01 January, NSRI Gordons Bay and NSRI Hermanus were activated following reports of a drowning in progress at Rooi Els.
The SA Police Services and WC Government Health EMS also responded.
It was then confirmed that friends had rescued the man from the water but he had suffered from a fatal drowning accident and paramedics declared the man deceased before the body of the 31 year old Eerste River man was taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services.
Police have opened an inquest docket.
At 19h03, Friday, 01 January, NSRI Table Bay and NSRI Melkbosstrand responded to Table View Beach following reports of a drowning in progress.
It was then confirmed that a 38 year old female, from Lotus River, had been rescued from the surf by bystanders and CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) was in progress.
NSRI Medics and ER24 paramedics and WC Government Health EMS paramedics continued with CPR on their arrival and a heart beat and spontaneous breathing was restored and the female has been transported to hospital in a stable but serious condition by ambulance.
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