ST FRANCIS BAY:
Garth Shamley, NSRI St Francis Bay duty coxswain, said:
At 12h30, Sunday, 07th October, NSRI St Francis Bay duty crew were activated following eye-witness reports of 2 men being swept out to sea at Grannies Pool, St Francis Bay.
A local surfer, who had grabbed an NSRI Pink Rescue Buoy at the beach, was reported to be swimming out to try to assist the 2 men.
The sea rescue craft Spirit of St Francis II was launched and NSRI rescue swimmers, the SA Police Services and Private Care ambulance services responded.
On arrival on the scene the local surfer, known to NSRI only as AJ, had managed to get one of the men safely to shore with the use of the Pink Rescue Buoy but the second male casualty remained missing in the surf.
During a search the second casualty was located and recovered from the surf by 2 local surfers (friends of AJ) and by NSRI rescue swimmers. He was brought onto the beach where NSRI medics and an NSRI doctor performed CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) efforts but sadly after all CPR efforts were exhausted he has been declared deceased.
The rescued man has been transported to hospital by Private Care ambulance in a stable condition for treatment for non-fatal drowning symptoms.
The body of the deceased male has been taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services and Police have opened an inquest docket.
Condolences are conveyed to the family and friends of the deceased man.
NSRI commend the effort of the surfer AJ who went to their aid and was able to use the Pink Rescue Buoy to successfully rescue one of the men.
NOORDHOEK – Cape Town:
Lyall Pringle, NSRI Hout Bay station commander, said:
At 11h32, Saturday, 06th October, NSRI Hout Bay were activated following eye-witness reports of a kite-boarder appearing to be in difficulty about half a kilometer off-shore of Chapmans Peak, between Chapmans Peak and Noordhoek.
The kite-boarder had abandoned his kite at sea and appeared to be paddling towards shore on the board.
We launched our sea rescue craft Albie Matthews and on arrival on the scene we found that the local male kite boarder had reached the shore at Noordhoek corner and he was reported by the eye-witnesses to be safe ashore and not injured.
Following a brief search we recovered the man’s kite and took the kite to our sea rescue station and with the help of the eye-witnesses who had reported the incident the man was informed that his kite was at our sea rescue base and he came to fetch the kite later in the day.
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