UPDATE: MUIZENBERG – Man critical after non-fatal drowning incident:
At 13h55 City of Cape Town Municipal lifeguards, on duty at Muizenberg Beach, were summoned by members of the public reporting a drowning in progress about 300 meters down the beach.
A rescue jet-ski was launched and the lifeguards found a 32 year old male, reportedly from Observatory, already out of the water who had been rescued from the surf by an unidentified member of the public.
The man was breathless and pulseless and the lifeguards initiated CPR (Cardio Pulmonary resuscitation) efforts while raising the alarm.
They were joined by two doctors who happened to be on the beach at the time.
During CPR efforts the man’s pulse and spontaneous breathing were restored but then the man lapsed back into a pulseless and breathless state and CPR continued.
A pulse and spontaneous breathing were again achieved by the ongoing CPR efforts and the man was placed in the recovery position.
Paramedics from Life Healthcare, CMR (Cape Medical Response) and Netcare 911 arrived on the scene and medical treatment continued on the beach before the man was transported to hospital by a CMR ambulance in a stable but critical condition.
The unidentified member of the public who rescued the man, and the quick actions of the CoCT Municipal lifeguards are commended for their actions.
See original press release below….
MUIZENBERG: Original media release…
An adult male has been transported to hospital by CMR (Cape Medical Response) ambulance in a stable but critical condition following a non-fatal drowning accident at Muizenberg Beach.
At 14h02, Sunday, 29th January, NSRI Simonstown and NSRI Strandfontein were notified that an adult man had suffered a non-fatal drowning accident at Muizenberg Beach.
CMR (Cape Medical Response) and Life Healthcare response paramedics responded and following extensive CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) efforts the man was successfully resuscitated by paramedics and transported to hospital by CMR ambulance in a stable but critical condition.
Rieghard Janse van Rensburg, NSRI Jeffreys Bay station commander, said:
At 10h22, Sunday, 29th January, NSRI Jeffreys Bay duty crew were activated following reports of a drowning in progress at Albatros Beach, Kabaljous.
The Kouga Water Emergency Action Group was initiated and an NSRI rescue swimmer, nearby to the scene at the time, responded.
On arrival on the scene a 28 year old male, from Florida, United States of America, was found on the beach.
He had reportedly been on an SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) when he got into difficulty and was reportedly in the water for some time before being rescued by a bystander, a local, David Allan.
Private Care ambulance services and the EC Government Health EMS ambulance had also responded and the man was treated by paramedics for non-fatal drowning symptoms and the man did not require further assistance and he was released into the care of his family.
Reinard Geldenhuys, NSRI Agulhas station commander, said:
At 10h15 this morning, Sunday, 29th January, NSRI Agulhas duty crew was activated following a request from the fishing chuckie Tygerberg having suffered a gearbox failure five miles from Struisbaai harbour.
We launched the sea rescue craft Spirit of Agulhas to assist. Due to building swells at the harbour entrance the sea rescue craft IJ Rescuer IV was also launched to assist with bringing the vessel into the harbour. While towing the vessel Tygerberg back towards the harbour we received a call from another chuckie, Dagbreek, who ran into electrical trouble. I&J Rescuer was used to take the battery from the vessel in tow, Tygerberg, to the vessel Dagbreek and got her started again
Dagbreek made it to the harbour on her own motor power, and Tygerberg was safely towed to the harbour by our Spirit of Agulhas.
Michael Saunders, NSRI Hartbeespoort dam station commander, said:
On Sunday, 29th January, NSRI Hartbeespoort Dam duty crew were activated after we received call from a Rosetta Suttner, a resident of Hartbeespoort Dam, reporting that a Hobi-cat had capsized in the middle of the dam with 2 people on board. Initial reports were that a person may be missing. Our duty crew were activated at 18h25.
Our rescue craft Rotary Endeavor was launched and on arrival it was established that both crew members of the Hobi 14 were accounted for and that no person was missing. Both men wearing life jackets and they were suffering from mild Hypothermia.
A private Yacht, with two of our NSRI trainee crew on board, was standing by at the casualty craft to ensure they were safe until our rescue craft arrived. The two casualties were taken aboard Rotary Endeavor and transported to shore and handed into the care of waiting friends and they quickly recovered from the mild hypothermia.
We then returned to the capsized craft and proceeded to right the vessel. By now she had become water logged and there was no light, working with a spot light and with some effort we managed to right her, drop the sails and rig a towline. The casualty craft was towed to the shore and handed over to the owner. We assisted in getting it onto his trailer and with no further assistance required returned to base and stood down. Operation was completed at 19H55.
Alex Alex De Witt and Heinrich Cloete on their private charter yacht and Trainee Crew at our station are commended for standing by ensuring the casualties were safe until we arrived. Rosetta Suttner is also commended for raising the alarm and keeping us posted on the developments whilst we were on route to launch.
Darren Zimmerman, NSRI Simonstown station commander, said:
At Sunday, 29th January, our duty crew were activated following a request for assistance from the 7 meter commercial fishing boat Ou Faagie, with 8 crew onboard, from Ottery, reporting fuel reserves depleted and requesting a tow.
The sea rescue craft Spirit of Surfski II was launched and we rendezvoused with the casualty boat 1.5 nautical miles East of Millers Point.
A tow-line was rigged and we towed their boat safely and without incident to the Millers point slip way where their boat was recovered and no further assistance was required.
Alan Meiklejohn, NSRI Gordons Bay station commander, said:
At 18h05, Sunday, 29 January, NSRI Gordon’s Bay duty crew launched to assist 3 men on a rubber-duck that had experienced fuel reserves depleted off-shore of Gordon’s Bay.
They were towed to the harbour without incident and their boat was recovered and they required no further assistance.
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