At 08h55, Thursday, 04th February, NSRI Still Bay duty crew, WC Government EMS and the SA Police Services responded to the main beach, Still Bay, following reports of a drowning accident. On arrival on the scene bystanders were found conducting CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) efforts on a local man. NSRI Medics took over CPR efforts which were joined by EMS paramedics on their arrival but after all efforts were exhausted on the scene the man was declared deceased.
It is believed that the man may have suffered a spinal injury while swimming in the surf with friends. He was rescued from the surf by friends and family who initiated CPR while raising the alarm. The body of the man was taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services. Police have opened an inquest docket. NSRI, the Police and the emergency services have expressed sincere condolences to the family and friends of retired Dominee Teyo Smit, 68, from Still Bay.
TO REPORT A SEA RESCUE EMERGENCY DIAL 112 FROM A CELLPHONE