Teen drowns at beach

2016-07-12 06:05

The search for a 17-year-old boy ended in tragedy at the weekend.

On Sunday 10 July at 17:10 the National Sea Rescue Insitute (NSRI) Strandfontein duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority following reports of a drowning in progress at Monwabisi Beach.

The Sea Rescue craft Discovery Rescue Runner was launched to respond to begin a search and the sea rescue craft I & J Rescuer was towed to Monwabisi to be launched on the scene.

The vessels were joined by NSRI rescue swimmers, Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services and a Fire and Rescue Services dive unit.

Emergency medical services (EMS), police, Law Enforcement, Metro Police, a police dive unit and the Skymed rescue helicopter also reported to the scene.

On arrival a search commenced for the 17-year-old boy from Khayeliysha, who reportedly went missing in the surf while swimming with his brother at the main beach at Monwabisi.

During a search his body was spotted in the surf and recovered from the water by NSRI rescue swimmers and brought onto the beach where paramedics conducted Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation efforts.

Unfortunatley after all efforts to resuscitate the teenager were exhausted he was declared dead on the scne.

The body has been taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services.

Police have opened an inquest docket and the family were transported to a police station by EMS ambulance where police trauma counsellors are providing grief counselling to the family of the deceased.

Emergency Services and NSRI have conveyed sincerest condolences to family and friends for their loss.

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