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NSRI Gordons Bay duty crew were activated following eyewitness reports of a drowning in progress at a beach next to Gordons Bay Main Beach (next to the Gordons Bay Naval Base).

NSRI Gordons Bay crew responded to the NSRI Gordons Bay station 9 rescue base to prepare to launch rescue craft while rescue swimmers responded directly to the scene.

The CoCT (City of Cape Town) water rescue network was alerted.

CoCT lifeguards, on duty at Gordons Bay Main Beach, had reportedly also just arrived on the scene from their neighbouring duty beach and they confirmed that an adult male was out of the water, he had been rescued by a group of swimmers who had reportedly noticed the man not moving in the water and they had entered the water to rescue the man.

The lifeguards initiated CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) efforts and raised the alarm.

The SA Police Services, Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services, GB Med sec ambulance services, WC Government Health EMS, ER24 ambulance services and CoCT Law Enforcement responded.

Despite extensive efforts by paramedics to resuscitate the 25 year old man, from Athlone, sadly he was declared deceased.

Family, who had been nearby at Main Beach at the time, were taken into the care of Police.

The body of the man has been taken into the care of Government Health Forensic Pathology Services.

Condolences are conveyed to family and friends of the deceased man.

It cannot be confirmed at this early stage if the cause was from drowning and all thoughts are with the family.

The eyewitnesses and friends, who rescued the man from the water, are commended for their efforts.

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