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NSRI Ballito duty crew were activated following eye-witness reports of a drowning in progress at Thompsons Bay Beach, Ballito.

Quentin Power, NSRI Ballito station commander, said:

Our NSRI rescue swimmers, IPSS Medical Rescue and Netcare 911 ambulance services responded.

On arrival on the scene a 42 year old British man, formerly a South African, was found unresponsive on the beach.

Bystander Good Samaritans, a local teenager, and we believe a female with a surfboard, had assisted the casualties brother to rescue the man from the water.

We believe he had been caught in a rip current.

CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) efforts were commenced.

After extensive efforts to resuscitate the man were exhausted sadly he was declared deceased by paramedics.

Condolences are conveyed to the family of the deceased man.

The body of the deceased man was taken into the care of SA Police Services and Government Health Forensic Pathology Services.

Police have opened an inquest docket.

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