Man drowns trying to save girl

2019-01-15 06:00

A man drowned in an attempt to save a young girl who was in trouble in the swell on Wednesday 9 January at 16:34.

Cape Town Water Rescue Network was alerted by the City of Cape Town’s Pro Lifesaving lifeguards reporting to be on the scene at Wolfgat Nature Reserve and performing CPR efforts on a 29-year-old man and providing medical care to a 13-year-old girl and another man, believed to be aged in his 30s.

NSRI Station 16 Strandfontein, WC Government Health EMS, Life Health Care response paramedics and City Law Enforcement, Law Enforcement Marine Unit and the SA Police Services responded.

Despite extensive efforts by paramedics to resuscitate the 29-year-old man, sadly he was declared dead on the scene.

The 13-year-old disabled girl and the man aged in his 30s were transported to hospital by EMS ambulance in serious but stable condition suffering non-fatal drowning symptoms.

“It appears that the girl had been swimming when she got into difficulty. The 29-year-old man was believed to have gone to her assistance but he got into difficulty and the man in his 30s also went into the surf to assist but he also reportedly got into difficulty.

“According to reports an unidentified man went into the surf and was able to assist them from the water but he had left the scene before his details could be obtained,” says Vaughn Seconds, NSRI Strandfontein station commander.

The 29-year-old man was breathless and without a pulse.

“City Pro Lifesaving lifeguards at Monwabisi Beach had been alerted to the incident by members of the public and they responded and on their arrival on the scene they initiated CPR on the 29-year-old man and medical care to the girl and to the man in his 30s and the alarm was raised.

“The body of the deceased man has been taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services, and the police have opened an inquest docket.

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

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