British tourist drowns after being swept out to sea near Plett

2017-07-07 17:05
Mossel Bay Vodacom Rescuer II (NSRI)

Mossel Bay Vodacom Rescuer II (NSRI)

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Cape Town - Attempts by two bystanders and an off-duty lifeguard to rescue a British man swept out to sea at Solar Beach in Robberg near Plettenberg Bay proved futile on Friday morning.

Plettenberg Bay NSRI station commander Marc Rodgers said its crews were dispatched following reports of a drowning in progress at about 09:40.

"The man, 60, from London in the United Kingdom, had been rescued from the water by two bystanders and an off-duty lifeguard who had swum out to assist after witnessing the man being swept out to sea by rip currents while swimming," he said.

When they reached the shore, a doctor happened to be on the beach and started CPR until he was joined by NSRI medics who arrived shortly thereafter.

"The man was transported to hospital by ambulance with CPR efforts continuing and doctors and nurses continued [this] in hospital. Sadly, after all efforts to resuscitate the man were exhausted, he was declared deceased by doctors," Rodgers said.

The man was travelling alone, but the British Consulate was assisting his family, he added.

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