Durban fisherman collapses, drowns

2015-06-14 18:38

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Durban - A fisherman drowned after falling into the sea at the Port of Durban on Sunday, the National Sea Rescue Institute said.

Rescue crews were alerted to the emergency shortly after midday, the NSRI said in a statement.

“On arrival at the scene, NSRI crews found fishermen and bystanders conducting CPR on a 47-year-old man from Durban."

He died on the scene despite efforts by paramedics and the NSRI to resuscitate him.

“It appears that the fisherman had been walking on the south breakwater after fishing when he reportedly suddenly collapsed and fell off the breakwater into the sea before being recovered from the surf by fellow fishermen and bystanders who raised the alarm.”

In another incident, NSRI volunteers from the Western Cape rescued a father and son after a fishing boat capsized off-shore of Clifton.

“Following a brief search a 3.5m capsized craft was located with a father and son in the water both clinging onto the upturned hull of the casualty boat.”

“The father and son were rescued and found to be hypothermic, exhausted and in shock, and with medical treatment initiated they were taken to NSRI Bakoven sea rescue base.”

The man and his 9-year-old son, from Kuils River, were fishing and after a successful catch decided to call it a day as the sea was getting rough.

“While raising their anchor their boat was capsized by a wave. The boy was initially trapped under the hull of the boat and his dad rescued him and together they clung onto the upturned hull of their boat."

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