Man drowns in Eastern Cape beach

2012-01-02 10:00

Johannesburg - A man drowned after suffering an epileptic seizure while swimming at Kabaljous Beach in Jeffreys Bay, Eastern Cape, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said on Monday.

Spokesperson Craig Lambinon said the seizure occurred when the 29-year-old East London man was hit on the head by a tennis ball thrown by one of his friends.

He was rescued by lifeguards and despite efforts to resuscitate him, he died shortly after.

  • Peter - 2012-01-02 10:38

    How does one drown IN a beach?

      Mandy - 2012-01-02 12:00

      FYI - Kabelhous Beach is a strip of sandy beach and dunes that stretches for km's. Stunning beach, with the Kabeljous river mouth. Sea there is susceptible to strong rip currents. Being a J Bay resident, it is NOT a place I'd allow my kids to swim at. Thankfully, lifeguards are stationed at this beach.

      Squeegee - 2012-01-02 12:15

      When a sand shark grabs you and drags you under...

  • Mandy - 2012-01-02 11:52

    Very sad and tragic - watched in horror at the events unfolding from my window. RiP - condolences to his family and friends. To EMS and SAPS - your response time was amazing!!

  • Chereen - 2012-01-02 20:39

    The lifeguards did not rescue the man, a member of the public gave him CPR as the lifeguards was incompetent to help. Makes you think what standards the NSRI have these days. The lifeguards was not in control of this situation and the public jumped in. This happend right I front of me. Condolences to the family and friends.

      michael.saundersCT - 2012-01-02 22:23

      Just a point, the lifeguards are not part of nor are they controlled by the NSRI, the NSRI is a volenteer organisation with extreemly high standards, whilst the lifeguards are paid members normaly employed by the local council in control of the beach. Suggest you get your facts right before rubishing a very highly respected rescue organisation staffed and manned by highly dedicated and unpaid volenteers who are on 24 hour a day call, often at the expence of their own family time to assist people in need.

  • Chereen - 2012-01-03 08:35

    Hi Mandy, I saw members of the public pull the man from the water and EMS took almost 25 min because the lifeguards did not have means of communicating with anybody! Michael I assume u are part of the NSRI, just remember the public see them as one and the same thing the point I wanted to make is that it was shocking how they handled the situation and ask anybody who was on the beach the public was outraged about what they saw!!!!! And I don't blame the three lifeguards I blame who ever is running the show!

  • fadanemiso.yollandar - 2012-03-15 18:06

    he just drowned by one hit off a tennies ball on hes head? how that happens

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