Alan Meiklejohn, NSRI Gordon’s Bay station commander, said:
At 11h43, Saturday,15th June, NSRI Gordons Bay and NSRI Kleinmond were activated following reports of a drowning in progress at Rooi Els.
NSRI Gordon’s Bay dispatched the sea rescue craft Spirit of Surfski. NSRI rescue vehicles from NSRI Gordon’s Bay and NSRI Kleinmond as well as the GB Med Sec ambulance services, WC Government Health EMS and EMS rescue squad, Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services and their Fire Dive Unit and the SA Police Services responded.
NSRI ASR (Airborne Sea Rescue) and the EMS/AMS Skymed rescue helicopter were placed on alert.
On arrival on the scene, an adult male could be seen in the surf. He was rescued onto the sea rescue craft where NSRI medics commenced CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) while our sea rescue craft responded to our sea rescue base. Once at the base, paramedics continued with extensive CPR efforts, but sadly after all efforts to resuscitate the man were exhausted, he was declared deceased.
The man and friends were fishing on rocks on the shoreline when waves swept over them.
Two friends were able to brace themselves preventing them from being swept off the rocks but the Paarl man, aged approximately 45, was swept off the rocks and out to sea.
Condolences are conveyed to his family and friends.
Police have opened an inquest docket and his body has been taken into the care of the Department of Health Forensic Pathology Services.
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