Schalk Boonzaaier, NSRI Kleinmond station commander, said:
At 16h15, Monday, 19th November, NSRI Kleinmond duty crew were activated following reports of a drowning at Kleinmond Lagoon.
NSRI rescue swimmers, Overberg Fire and Rescue Services, WC Government Health EMS, EMR ambulance service and the SA Police Services responded.
On arrival on the scene a 16 year old male had been rescued from the Lagoon by a bystander.
Paramedics commenced CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) efforts but sadly after all efforts to resuscitate the teenager were exhausted he was declared deceased.
It appears that teenagers were swimming in the lagoon when the 16 year old got into difficulty. His friends threw a Pink Rescue Buoy to the teenager but he was not able to hold on and he succumbed to the elements.
A bystander swam to the teenager and was able to get him to shore where extensive CPR efforts were conducted, sadly without success.
The body of the teenager has been taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services and Police have opened an inquest docket.
Thoughts are with the family.
The bystander is commended for rescuing the teenager from the water.
Lyall Pringle, NSRI Hout Bay station commander, said:
At 02h13, Tuesday, 20th November, NSRI Hout Bay and NSRI Kommetjie duty crews activated to assist 3 fishermen on a small Hout Bay fishing boat off-shore of Platboom, Cape Point.
A fellow fishing boat were with the casualty craft and NSRI Hout Bay launched the sea rescue craft Nadine Gordimer and Albie Matthews and NSRI Kommetjie dispatched a sea rescue vehicle to Cape Point to assist with communications.
On arrival in the area, in dense fog conditions, the casualty boat crew set off a red distress flare and they were located off-shore of Olifantsbospunt and both the casualty boat and the fishing boat that had gone to their assistance were experiencing motor mechanical failure.
The 2 sea rescue craft took the 2 casualty boats, both with 3 fishermen on each boat, under tow and they have been safely towed without incident to their home base in Hout Bay Harbour and once recovered no further assistance was required
The operation was completed at 07h30.
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