At 11h52, Monday, 26th December, NSRI Melbosstrand and NSRI Table Bay duty crews re-directed Sea Rescue craft, that were on the water at the time during routine training exercises, to respond to Robben Island following reports of a drowning accident in the swimming pool on Robben Island.
The EMS/AMS Skymed helicopter was activated by WC Government Health EMS control and while rescue resources were responding towards the scene it was confirmed that a 21 year old male, from Philippi, visiting family who work on the island, had been removed from the swimming pool and a nursing sister on the island had initiated CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) efforts.
On arrival at Murray’s Harbour NSRI medics were transported to the swimming pool by Robben Island staff and the EMS/AMS Skymed helicopter arrived on the scene but the man was found to be deceased, suspected to be from a fatal drowning accident. Police are arranging to take the body into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services and Police have opened an inquest docket.
Sincere condolences are conveyed to family and friends of the deceased man.
Vaughn Seconds, NSRI Strandfontein station commander, said: At 14h06, NSRI Strandfontein duty crew were alerted to reports of a non-fatal drowning at Strandfontein tidal pool where a child had been rescued from the water by lifeguards.
WC Government Health EMS were responding to the scene and NSRI medics assisted lifeguards to treat a 12 year old boy who had reportedly suffered epileptic seizures while swimming in the tidal pool before being rescued from the water by lifeguards.
EMS Paramedics took over medical treatment and the child has been transported to hospital by EMS ambulance in a stable condition for treatment for the medical condition and for observation for secondary drowning symptoms.
TO REPORT A SEA RESCUE EMERGENCY DIAL 112 FROM A CELLPHONE