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MOSSEL BAY:At 09h04, Tuesday, 25th December, NSRI Station 15 Mossel Bay were activated to reports of a drowning in progress in the Great Brak River, Suiderkruis, Mossel Bay, near to the river mouth.Municipal lifeguards had initiated a search for an 8 year old girl missing in the river and NSRI Mossel Bay, Mossel Bay Fire and Rescue Services, WC Government Health EMS, By Grace ambulance services and the SA Police Services responded.On arrival on the scene, lifeguards had located and recovered the girl from the water and CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) efforts had commenced and paramedics continued with CPR on the scene before loading the patient into an ambulance with CPR continuing to hospital in the ambulance and CPR continuing at the hospital before doctors sadly declared the child deceased.Police have opened an inquest docket.Condolences are conveyed to family.STRAND:At 11h49, Tuesday, 25th December, NSRI Station 9 Gordons Bay were alerted to unconfirmed reports of Strand lifeguards reportedly searching for a person missing in the surf at Deep Blue Strand. They had apparently found no sign of this person reported by a group of children.NSRI Gordons Bay dispatched rescue swimmers and 2 sea rescue craft were launched. The City of Cape Town (CoCT) water safety network were activated. WC Government Health EMS, CoCT Fire and Rescue Services dive unit who launched rescue craft onto the water, Law Enforcement officers and Marine Law Enforcement officers and GB Med Security responded.During a search the man was located and recovered from the surf and paramedics commenced with CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) efforts. Sadly, despite extensive CPR efforts, the man was declared deceased.The body of the man has been taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services and Police have opened an inquest docket.The man has not been identified and it appeared no one on the beach knew the man.WILDERNESS:At 11h42, Tuesday, 25th December, NSRI Station 23 Wilderness responded to Wilderness Beach following reports of a drowning in progress.3 people were reported to be caught in rip currents.Wilderness lifeguards, NSRI, ER24 ambulance services, Western Cape Government Health EMS and EMS Rescue, George Fire and Rescue Services, the SA Police Services, George Municipal Law Enforcement officers and Critical Care 911 (who are from Gauteng but were in George at the time to assist with a hospital transfer) responded.NSRI Wilderness launched the sea rescue craft Oscars Rescuer.On arrival on the scene the sea rescue craft Oscars Rescuer joined a search that was being conducted by lifeguards who were conducting coordinated free dive search patterns in the surf. During the search a lifeguard located and recovered an unconscious man from the water and he was brought onto the beach where extensive CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) efforts were commenced but sadly after all CPR efforts were exhausted the man, from Holland, was declared deceased.The 2 other people caught in rip currents, believed to be his family members, were safe out the water and not injured.The Department of Tourism are assisting the deceased man’s wife and his 2 daughters.The body of the man has been taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services and Police have opened an inquest docket.Condolences are conveyed to family.PORT ELIZABETH:NSRI have been informed that the body, believed to be that of the 10 year old boy who went missing with his father in the sea at Beach View, Eastern Cape, on Saturday, has been located and recovered from the surf yesterday, Monday, 24th December, near to where he and his dad were reported to have gone missing.The body of the child has been taken into the care of the Forensic pathology Services and Police have opened an inquest docket.Police are continuing in a search for the child's father who remains missing.Condolences are conveyed to family.See original statement below...BEACH VIEW, PORT ELIZABETH. Saturday, 22nd December:At 21h06, Saturday, 22nd December, NSRI Station 6 Port Elizabeth were alerted to reports of a father and son missing in the sea at Beach View.It appears that the father, 35, his son, 10, from Beach View, and his nephew, 16, from Algoa Park, launched a canoe to go fishing in calm seas at approximately 18h00. Their craft is believed to have capsized at around 19h00 about half a kilometer off-shore and the teenager swam to shore at 20h15 and ran home to raise the alarm.The missing man’s wife and her sister went to the scene to start a search and they located the canoe washed ashore and they raised the alarm.The Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB) Water Rescue Network were activated.NSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew launched the sea rescue craft JLK Rescuer and a sea rescue vehicle, officers from the NMB Beach Office, members of Coastal Water Rescue and the SA Police Services responded.Local Community Police Forum members joined the search.Up to 50 people were deployed in this search effort.Telkom Maritime Radio Services alerted all ships in the area to keep a look out and a Chokka fishing boat came in from fishing grounds and conducted sweeping line search patterns that were joined by the NSRI sea rescue craft with the 2 craft conducting coordinated sweeping line search efforts at sea and an extensive shore patrol was conducted.The canoe and fishing gear were recovered from the shoreline.It is believed that they were not wearing life jackets.Despite an extensive sea and shoreline search along 3 km of coastline and 1 kilometer out to sea no sign of the father and his son has been found and a Police Dive Unit will continue in an ongoing search operation.Calm sea conditions and a full moon aided an extensive search operation.The Chokka fishing boat is commended for the extensive search effort assisting NSRI.Police have opened an investigation and thoughts are with the family in this difficult time.A Police Dive Unit will continue in an ongoing search and a Police K-9 Search and Rescue Unit, Police Sea Borderline and Coastal Water Rescue are on the scene assisting in a continuing search.-ENDS- TO REPORT A SEA RESCUE EMERGENCY DIAL 112 FROM A CELLPHONE
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