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Two drown in separate incidents

Two people drowned along the Southern Cape coastline over the Easter Weekend.

On Sunday 01 April 2018 shortly before 4pm, NSRI Wilderness duty crew were activated following reports of a drowning in progress in the Touw River Estuary.

SA National Parks rangers, the SA Police Services and WC Government Health EMS were also called to the scene.

NSRI rescue swimmers responded to the scene and on arrival it was confirmed that a local man aged in his late 40's, enjoying a picnic with friends, had entered the water to swim when he got into difficulty.

A friend entered the water to try to help him but also got into difficulty. The friend was able to get out of the water unassisted and he was not injured but the casualty had at that stage disappeared under water.

Two NSRI rescue swimmers entered the water and immediately started free dive sweeping line search efforts. They were joined by a further 4 NSRI rescue swimmers. A coordinated sweeping line search was conducted. During the search the victim was located and recovered from the water. Emergency personnel initiated CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) efforts. Sadly after all CPR efforts were exhausted the man was declared deceased by EMS paramedics.

Police have opened an inquest docket.

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

In an unrelated incident a fisherman was swept off the rocks in a remote area near the Gwaiing River mouth between Wilderness and George.

On Saturday 31 March at around 6pm, NSRI Wilderness, George Fire and Rescue Services, WC Government Health EMS and the SA Police Services responded to a remote location East of the Gwaing River Mouth following reports of an angler in the water and last seen drifting in a Westerly direction.

Fellow anglers suspect that the local 49 year old man fishing from rocks on the shoreline was washed off the rocks by waves in the Spring High tide, although that could not be confirmed. The man was last seen floating in the water in an easterly direction.

On arrival on the scene access to the remote area was hampered by darkness, steep inclines and a remote, barely accessible location, and a search revealed no sign of the missing man.

A search resumed from first light on Sunday including shore patrols and our sea rescue craft Spirit of Rotary engaged in a sea search and a Police Dive Unit are continuing in an ongoing search and recovery operation for the missing man.



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