Man dies at Jeffreys Bay beach, yacht rescued off Port St Francis

Jeffreys Bay

A 29 year old East London man died on the Kabeljous Beach, Jeffreys Bay, yesterday after experiencing an epileptic fit when he was hit by a tennis ball.

Rieghard Janse van Rensburg, NSRI Jeffreys Bay station commander, said at 2.35 pm NSRI Jeffreys Bay volunteer sea rescue duty crew and 24/7 paramedic services were activated following reports of a suspected drowning in progress at Kabaljous Beach. “On arrival on-scene an NSRI crewman and a 24/7 paramedic found the patient.”

He had reportedly been throwing a tennis ball around with friends in waist deep water. When he was hit on the head with the tennis ball he suffered an epileptic seizure.

Lifeguards rescued the young man from the water.  NSRI and 24/7 paramedics comenced Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) efforts. After all  efforts to resuscitate the man were exhausted on-scene he was declared dead by paramedics.

The body of the man was handed into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services and Police  opened an inquest docket.

St Francis Bay rescue…

Also yesterday afternoon, the St Francis Bay NSRI, Station 21, rescued three adults on board the yacht, Win Win.

The yacht was being swept out to sea by a gusting  35 knot Westerly wind. The NSRI hastened to the scene at 3.30 pm, 3 nautical mile soff shore of St Francis Bay, to fetch the small 8 foot yacht with two males and one female on board  – all from Port St Francis.

NSRI’s rescue craft Spirit of St Francis II caught up with the trio, a towline was rigged and the boat and 3 crew were brought safely ashore.

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