Two people drowned, a teenager is missing, while an elderly man managed to be saved through CPR yesterday, 30 January, in separate incidents along the Eastern coastline.
Two bodies were recovered following searches and a search continues for the teenager.
A 40 year-old fisherman landing a catch at Hole in the Wall, Transkei, drowned after being engulfed by waves and swept away in a rip current.
The Durban man, taking part in a fishing competition, was fishing in shallow sea water when he was swept away by a rip current. Fishermen in the vicinity threw ropes for him to catch but the waves took him away.
His body was later recovered following a search operation conducted by EC Government Health EMS rescue helicopter, the SAPS and a Police K-9 Search and Rescue team.
In Sedgefield a man in his 20s disappeared under water while swimming in the lagoon. NSRI Wilderness duty crew, the SA Police Services, a Police Dive Unit, WC Government Health EMS and Sedgefield Fire and Rescue Services conducted a search with sea craft while NSRI swimmers and police divers searched under water until they found his body.
A Hibberdene teenager went missing after being swept away by rip currents.
The NSRI Shelley Beach, the SAP, a SAP Search and Rescue team and a police helicopter searched for the teen extensively but no sign of him was found.
In Plettenberg Bay a 72 year-old local man narrowly escaped drowning after getting into difficulty in the Keurbooms lagoon.
A wife of a Plettenberg Bay NSRI volunteer and her two sons plus the man’s daughter and husband went to his aid. He was not breathing but after CPR was applied the man regained consciousness. Paramedics continued CPR and the man was taken to hospital in a stable condition.
Those who assisted the man are commended for their actions.
In another incident, a 27 year-old man drowned at Gonubie after being swept out to sea in a rip current on 26 January. The NSRI East London duty crew, SA Police Services, EC Government Health EMS and an EMS rescue helicopter and BCM (Buffalo City Metro) Fire and Rescue Services reswponded after being notified by assistance from BCM Lifeguards on duty.
Some lifeguards went into the surf and brought the man onto the beach where they initiated CPR efforts. Paramedics also conducted extensive CPR efforts but the man did not recover.
NSRI expressed its condolences to the families’ and friends of the deceased.
Edited by St Francis Chronicle