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Western Cape – Saturday, 02 January. Paternoster, Hermanus, Noordhoek:
At 15h45, on Saturday, 02 January, NSRI Hermanus duty crew, WC Government Health EMS and the SA Police Services responded to Grotto beach to assist lifeguards who had rescued 3 men from the surf.
It is believed the 3 were swimming when they were caught in rip currents.
CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) efforts commenced on a 40 year old man from Cape Town but sadly, despite extensive CPR efforts, the man was declared deceased by paramedics.
The remaining two men were transported to hospital by EMS ambulance in stable but serious conditions. One has been released following treatment for non-fatal drowning symptoms and one remains in hospital but he is expected to make a full recovery.
Police have opened an inquest docket.
At 12h55, Saturday, 02 January, NSRI Mykonos responded to Paternoster to assist the SA Police Services dealing with a case of a 10 year old boy missing in the surf at Main Beach.
NSRI Mykonos launched a sea rescue craft to search and NSRI rescue swimmers were deployed into the surf to conduct sweeping line free dive searches.
During the search the body of the child was located and recovered from the ocean floor 400 meters off-shore and the body was brought to shore aboard the sea rescue craft and taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services and Police have opened an inquest docket.
NSRI Kommetjie, NSRI Hout Bay, CMR (Cape Medical Response) and the EMS/AMS Skymed rescue helicopter responded to Noordhoek Beach where a 38 year old woman, from Walmer Estate, was swept out to sea by rip-currents.
It appears that the lady and her male friend were standing in knee deep water when the back-wash of strong rip-currents knocked her over and swept her out to sea before her friend could react she was already out of reach and he ran to raise the alarm.
2 local surfers paddled out to assist her and they had loaded her onto one of the surf boards and were keeping her warm (provided her with one of the surfers hoodys) when the NSRI Kommetjie sea rescue craft arrived on the scene and rescued her onto the sea rescue craft.
The two surfers were commended for their efforts and taken to shore aboard the sea rescue craft.
The lady was brought to the slip-way at Kommetjie where Skymed landed and the AMS doctor treated her for mild hypothermia and exhaustion and non-fatal drowning symptoms before requiring no further assistance she was released to her family.
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The Kommetjie rescue boat Spirit of Vines. The Kommetjie rescue boat Spirit of Vines.
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