Lyall Pingle, NSRI Hout Bay station commander, said:
At 21h15 on Sunday the 19th of November, NSRI Hout Bay duty crew were activated following reports of a drowning in progress at the boat slip-way, Hout Bay harbour (next to our NSRI base).
CCP members (Community Crime Prevention) were already en-route to the scene and our rescue swimmers and medics responded and the SA Police Services, WC Government Health EMS and Life Healthcare response paramedics were activated.
On our arrival we found that CCP members were already on the scene and they had recovered a 60 year old local man from the water who had been found floating face down in the water next to the jetty and they had initiated CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) efforts.
The man had been witnessed by fishermen who were returning from fishing and they were recovering their boats when they noticed the man jumping off the jetty into the water and disappearing under water and they raised the alarm.
Our NSRI medics continued CPR with the CCP members and WC government Health EMS and Life Healthcare response paramedics arrived and extensive CPR efforts continued and a heart beat was restored but then failed again and CPR was continued.
The man was transported by EMS ambulance to hospital while EMS and Life Healthcare paramedics, assisted by our NSRI medics, continued with CPR in the ambulance and at hospital CPR efforts were continued by hospital staff but sadly after all efforts to resuscitate the man were exhausted doctors declared the man deceased.
It is suspected that the man died from a fatal drowning causes.
Condolences are conveyed to family and friends.
NSRI thank all who assisted on the scene and at the hospital including the Community Medics, Hout Bay’s Watchcon and EMS Metro Control who assisted in getting medical resources to the scene.
On Saturday, 18th November, at 12h36, NSRI Hout Bay medics responded to the Hout Bay craft market where members of the public appealed for assistance after a 67 year old Johannesburg lady collapsed unconscious.
WC Government Health EMS and Netcare 911 ambulance services were also responding.
NSRI duty crew were at the NSRI base at the time conducting routine exercises and responded and on NSRI’s arrival on the scene a female was stabilised by our medics and then transported to hospital in a stable condition by Netcare 911 ambulance and it was suspected that she had collapsed after suffering a Stroke (CVA – Cerebro Vascular Accident).
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