Darren Zimmerman, NSRI Simon’s Town station commander, said:
At 16h56, Friday, 30th December, NSRI Simon’s Town duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) following reports of an angler fallen down rocks at Rooikrans, Cape Point (South of Buffels Bay).
The Sea Rescue craft Spirit of Safmarine III and Spirit of Surfski II was launched (accompanied by NSRI and CMR advanced life support paramedics), and a sea rescue vehicle and CMR (Cape Medical Response) ambulance services and the SA Police Services responded.
WC Government Health EMS rescue squad and Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services responded to assist.
On arrival on the scene the NSRI and CMR paramedics were transferred from the sea rescue craft to the shore and medical equipment was transferred onto the shore.
The angler was found to have fallen about 7 to 8 meters onto rocks and medical treatment commenced on the 70 year old male, from Constantia, who was in a critical condition and who then went into cardiac arrest.
CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) was commenced on the man and after all efforts to resuscitate him were exhausted he was declared deceased by paramedics.
The body of the man was secured into a specialised floating stretcher and brought through the surf to our sea rescue craft and transported to our sea rescue base where the body was taken into the care of the Police and the Forensic Pathology Services and Police have opened and inquest docket.
Vaughn Seconds, NSRI Strandfontein station commander, said:
At 18h55, Friday, 30th December, NSRI Strandfontein duty crew were activated following reports from the Police Dive Unit that they were responding to the estuary by the Sandvlei Mouth, Muizenberg, where 2 children had been located drowned in the water.
The SA Police Services and Law Enforcement were on the scene.
We dispatched a sea rescue vehicle, and the Police Dive Unit, WC Government Health EMS, CoCT Fire and Rescue Services, the CoCT Fire and Rescue Services Dive Unit and Community Medics responded to join the SA Police Services and Law Enforcement who were in attendance on the scene.
Eye-witnesses reported 4 children (believed to be males) to be playing in the water by the R310 bridge, Muizenberg, when the same eye-witnesses then discovered 2 children (believed to be from that group of 4 children) to be lying at the bottom in the water. 1 of the children was believed to have been seen riding away on a bicycle.
The bodies of both children were recovered from the water by Police divers and the bodies were taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services.
An extensive search by Police and Fire divers was conducted in the water (after the 2 bodies were recovered) to rule out the possibility that any other of the children (that were playing in the water) could still be missing.
The bodies of the 2 children recovered from the water are not identified and no family members or friends of the children have come forward to identify them and Police are investigating.
Police have opened and inquest docket.
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