NSRI have learnt with sadness that the scuba-diver, a 26 year old Edgemead man, has succumbed to injuries in hospital and passed away on Sunday afternoon.
Condolences are conveyed to family and friends.
Original media release follows…
Darren Zimmerman, NSRI Simon’s Town station commander, said:
At 15h03, Saturday, 26th January, NSRI Station 10 Simon’s Town were activated by CMR (Cape Medical Response) to reports of a CPR in progress at Long Beach, Simon’s Town.
The report came in of 2 Adult male divers scuba diving off Long Beach with 1 diver reported to have fallen unconscious during an under water scuba dive.
His dive buddy dumped his scuba gear and rescued him towards the shore where he raised the alarm.
Pisces Dive School divers happened to be on the beach at the time and their divers waded into the surf and assisted both men out the water and commenced CPR (Cardio Pulmonary resuscitation) efforts on the one man.
NSRI Simon’s Town, CMR (Cape Medical Response), CoCT Fire and Rescue Services and the SA Police Services responded.
WC government Health EMS were placed on alert.
CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) efforts were continued by paramedics and following extensive CPR efforts a pulse was restored and the man has been transported to hospital by CMR ambulance in a critical condition.
His dive buddy has been transported to hospital by CMR ambulance in a serious but stable condition.
A Police Dive Unit have recovered the dive gear from approximately 50 meters off-shore at a 6 meter depth.
NSRI commend Pisces Dive School for the efforts at rescuing the 2 men and beginning CPR efforts.
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