Jeremiah Jackson, NSRI Shelly Beach station commander, said:
Just before 14h00, Sunday, 23rd September, NSRI Shelly Beach duty crew were activated following reports from Ray Nkonyeni Municipal Protection Services of a drowning in progress at Margate Pier.
Our NSRI sea rescue vehicle with NSRI rescue swimmers onboard responded and Police Search and Rescue, the SA Police Services, Tower 13 Lifeguard Services lifeguards, Ray Nkonyeni Fire and Rescue Services and Med-Evac ambulance services responded.
On arrival on the scene a woman, 49 years of age and believed to be from Boksburg, was found in shallow surf by the beach after reportedly being caught in rip currents South of the Margate fishing pier, an area not protected by duty lifeguards, before currents swept her to the beach where Tower 13 lifeguards arriving on the scene pulled the female out of shallow surf and initiated CPR (Cardio Pulonary Resuscitation) efforts which were continued by paramedics but sadly after all CPR efforts were exhausted the woman was declared deceased.
The body of the woman has been taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services and Police have opened an inquest docket.
Condolences are conveyed to family of the deceased woman.
Rod Pitter, NSRI Hartbeespoort Dam station commander, said:
NSRI Hartbeespoort Dam duty crew, during routine training exercises today, Sunday, 23rd September, we diverted our sea rescue craft Rotary Endeavor to assist at Lakeland Estate where a 16 foot motorboat had run into an old fence in the dam yesterday and got entangled in the fence, old discarded fishing line, rope and fishing nets and dense hyacinth.
They were collected yesterday by Lakeland Estate security who used their tender boat to get the crew back to mainland and today, knowing that we were on the water with routine training, they requested our assistance to free the boat.
On arrival on the scene, in an operation taking 4 hours, we were able to free the boat and we towed the boat to Lakeland Estate where the owners were reunited with their boat which was put on her trailer and no further assistance was required.