Donate Call for Help Now Find a Base

NSRI EMERGENCY
OPERATION CENTRE (EOC)

087 094 9774
Geoff McGregor, NSRI East London station commander, said:At 20h15, Saturday, 12th May, NSRI East London duty crew were activated following reports of a drowning in progress at Eastern Beach, East London.NSRI rescue swimmers, the SA Police Services with a Police K-9 Search and Rescue Unit, a Police Dive Unit and EC Government Health EMS responded.On arrival on the scene we found a large group of school learners, over 200 children and at least 19 teachers and carers from a Boys School and from a Girls School in the Eastern Cape on the scene.2 teenagers from the group, a male and a female, had already been recovered from the water and CPR efforts were commenced by paramedics but sadly despite extensive CPR efforts performed by paramedics both were declared deceased.A search continued in an effort to rule out any more learners missing in the water but it later appeared that all learners were accounted for.The learners had reportedly arrived at the beach following a sports day of rugby, soccer and netball.Teachers and carers had, according to eye-witness accounts, attempted to keep the learners from entering the water but some learners had gone into the surf before it is suspected that they were caught in rip currents.Assisted by teachers, carers and other learners it appears that multiple children (teenagers) were rescued and assisted out of the surf but 2 teenage learners, the male and the female, sadly succumbed to fatal drowning after CPR efforts by paramedics were exhausted.Police have opened an inquest docket and the bodies of the teenagers have been taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services.Beaches in East London had been closed earlier in the day since approximately 11h00 by the Buffalo City Metropolitan Recreation authorities following a shark incident at Nahoon Beach during a junior surfing event where a male surfer had reportedly been transported to hospital by private transport after being bumped off a surf board in the surf and bitten by a shark, reportedly bitten on the side of his body but reportedly only sustaining minor injuries.
TO REPORT A SEA RESCUE EMERGENCY DIAL 112 FROM A CELLPHONE
Share
Next Article

Incidents at Richards Bay and the Atlantic Seaboard

Read More

You may also like

28471500 1756939531033894 6698045495756980224 n
ANIMAL RESCUE  | Published: 18 September 2021

Hartbeespoort Dam – Dog rescued:

At 14h20, Friday, 17 September, NSRI Hartbeespoort Dam duty crew were activated following multiple eye-witness reports of a dog in the middle of Hartbeespoort Dam and appearing to be in difficulty swimming in the direction from Mariners Village, Kosmos, towards Pecanwood. ...

197002094 4235422629852930 8017248573942838702 n
RESCUE OPERATIONS  | Published: 18 September 2021

Yzerfontein – 2 fishermen deceased

At 09h46, Friday, 17 September, NSRI Yzerfontein duty crew and the SA Police Services were activated following reports from a local fishing vessel that they were heading towards Yzerfontein harbour with 8 crew onboard of which 2 crewmen were suspected to be deceased. ...

IMRF Awards Background
AWARDS  | Published: 14 September 2021

Waves of elation sweep across the NSRI after winning two Awards

Stories of dedication, selflessness, bravery and innovation dominated the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) Awards ceremony today with the NSRI winning two international awards. ...