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Sunday, 10 January 2021

Sunday Incidents: Sea Point and Kleinmond


Marc de Vos, NSRI Table Bay station commander, said:

At 10h53, Sunday, 10 January, NSRI Table Bay duty crew, NSRI Bakoven duty crew and NSRI EOC (Emergency Operations Centre) were alerted to reports of a body in the surfline in front of Sea Point Swimming Pool.

NSRI duty crews were placed on alert and the NSRI Bakoven sea rescue craft, in the area at the time, diverted to investigate.

Unconfirmed reports suggested that a body of an unidentified female was on the beach and on investigation it was confirmed that the body of an unidentified female was still in the surfline.

NSRI Bakoven and NSRI Table Bay rescue swimmers, the SA Police Services, a Clifton Lifesaving rescue RHIB (rigid hull inflatable boat), CoCT (City of Cape Town) Fire and Rescue Services, WC Government Health EMS, a CoCT Fire and Rescue Services Dive Unit, a Police Dive Unit and Community Medics responded to join CoCT lifeguards and CoCT Law Enforcement officers who were on the scene.

The body of an unidentified female was recovered onto the beach by Police divers, who were assisted by Fire and Rescue Services divers, lifeguards and by NSRI rescue swimmers.

The body of the female was taken into the care of WC Government Health Forensic Pathology Services.

Police have opened an inquest docket.

It remains unknown the circumstances surrounding this incident.

Anyone with information related to this incident that can assist Police to identify the female can call Police 10111 or Sea Point Police station 0214303700.


Schalk Boonzaaier, NSRI Kleinmond station commander, said:

At 10h01, Sunday, 10 January, NSRI Kleinmond duty crew were activated following reports of a boat capsized off-shore of the Kleinmond Harbour.

NSRI sea rescue craft Jaytee III and our sea rescue jet rib were launched.

NSRI Kleinmond rescue swimmers, the SA Police Services and Overberg Fire and Rescue Services responded.

On arrival on the scene it was confirmed that 2 men had been on a boat retrieving fishing nets when their boat capsized in the surfline.

A 29 year old man from Grabouw had managed to reach the shore and he sustained bruising and minor injuries.

A search commenced for his 52 year old uncle, from Villiersdorp, who was missing in the water.

During a search the body of the man was located and recovered in the shallow surfline along the rocky shoreline.

The body of the man was taken into the care of WC Government Health Forensic Pathology Services.

Police have opened an inquest docket.

The casualty boat remains broken up along the rocky shoreline.

Condolences are conveyed to family of the deceased.


The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) is the charity organisation that saves lives on South African waters – both coastal and inland. Our goal is to prevent drowning through rescue operations, education and prevention initiatives.

Operating from base stations along the SA coastline, and on inland dams, our rescue volunteers are on call, at all hours, every day of the year. Our rescue crew receives no payment and neither do we charge the people we rescue.

We visit schools around the country, teaching children about water safety. Our drowning prevention measures include our online training academy, with free courses for crew and the public, emergency signage, Pink Rescue Buoys for emergency flotation, rescue swimmers, lifeguards, and active patrols during peak seasons.

Our organisation is totally reliant on donations and sponsorships. This enables us to do the work of saving lives, changing lives, and creating futures.

You can do your bit to assist. Please visit for more information.

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Released by:

Craig Lambinon


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