At 15h56, Saturday, 12 September, NSRI Port Alfred duty crew were activated following reports of a drowning in progress at Kariega Beach, Kenton-On-Sea.
NSRI Port Alfred, SA Police Services, Gardmed ambulance services, EC Government Health EMS, Hi-Tec Security and Night Watch (neighbourhood watch) responded.
On arrival on the scene 2 males, believed to be aged in their early 20’s and believed to be from the Eastern Cape and one from Kwa-Zulu Natal, located in shallow surf on the shoreline, were recovered onto the beach and NSRI medics conducted extensive CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) efforts.
NSRI were assisted on the scene by public members and community services.
Despite extensive CPR efforts sadly paramedics have declared both men deceased.
The bodies of the deceased have been taken into the care of Police and EC Government Health Forensic Pathology Services.
Police have opened an Inquest Docket.
Condolences are conveyed to the families and friends of the deceased.
It appears that while a group of young adults were swimming at Kariega River Mouth the 2 men got into difficulty after being caught in rip currents and were swept out to sea.
NSRI commend bystanders and community services who raised the alarm and who assisted on the scene.