Mike Vonk, NSRI Wilderness deputy station commander, said:
On Sunday, 16 December, at 17h52, NSRI Wilderness duty crew were activated by lifeguards at Wilderness main beach to assist at the scene of a drowning.
A 6-year old boy was recovered from the lagoon at main beach by lifeguards and CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) was commenced immediately.
An ER24 response paramedic and ER24 ambulance responded to scene, and NSRI Wilderness, SA National Park rangers, George Fire and Rescue Services, SA Police Services and George Municipal Law Enforcement responded.
The ER24 paramedics together with Sea Rescue medics and a senior lifeguard continued resuscitation efforts on the child and the child was transported to hospital by ER24 ambulance with CPR continuing en route to hospital where CPR continued in hospital but sadly after all efforts to resuscitate the child were exhausted he has been declared deceased.
Condolences are conveyed to the family and friends of the child.
He had been at the beach with his sister swimming in the lagoon when he got into difficulty and was rescued by lifeguards.
Police have opened an inquest docket.
Schalk Boonzaaier, NSRI Kleinmond station commander, said:
At 13h30, Sunday, 16th December, NSRI Kleinmond launched the sea rescue craft Jaytee III to assist a rubber-duck suffering battery failure with 4 crew onboard 2 nautical miles West of Kleinmond.
NSRI towed the rubber duck with all 4 crew onboard safely and without incident to shore and no further assistance was required.
On Monday, 17th December, a small Laser sailing dinghy has been located and recovered by the NSRI Gordon’s Bay duty crew in the surf at Harmony Park, Gordon’s Bay and transported to NSRI Gordons Bay.
The dinghy was spotted by a DRM (Disaster Risk Management) volunteer on Sunday morning and DRM activated NSRI and Law Enforcement to investigate.
NSRI are appealing to the owner to come forward and can contact NSRI at 0823803800.
No persons are suspected to be missing related to the incident.
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