Local woman drowns in harbour

2017-06-20 06:01

A woman from Hout Bay drowned at Hout Bay Harbour last Tuesday ­evening.

Lyall Pringle, Hout Bay station commander of the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI), says on Tuesday at about 22:30, the NSRI Hout Bay duty crew was received a report of a suspected drowning in the ­harbour.

A Hout Bay Community Crime Prevention (CCP) officer was already on the scene. The alarm had been raised by the Hout Bay WatchCon community control.

The NSRI crew responded with Community Medics, provincial health’s EMS, City of Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services and the police.

“The CCP officers, arriving first on the scene, had found a local woman floating in the water and a local man, believed to be her friend, who had reportedly tried to rescue her, lying on the north wharf suffering hypothermia,” says Pringle.

“The CCP officer was joined by ADT Security officers and the CCP officer, assisted by the ADT officers, with one of the crew being a qualified medic, managed to recover the woman from the water.

“They had initiated CPR efforts then were joined by paramedics from Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services.

“NSRI medics, EMS paramedics and Community Medics paramedics joined the CPR efforts, but, sadly, after all efforts to resuscitate the woman were exhausted, the woman was declared dead by the ­paramedics.

“The body of the woman was taken into the care of the forensic pathology services. Police have opened an inquest docket.

“The man who reportedly tried to save the woman was treated for hypothermia at the NSRI sea rescue station and he was transported to hospital in a stable condition by EMS ambulance. He is reported to be recovering.

“It remains unknown what caused the woman to be in the water in the harbour and police are investigating. The CCP officer assisted by the ADT security officers are commended for their efforts,” says Pringle.

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