Cape Town woman saved from rip current after falling off jetty

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A Western Cape woman has been rescued after reportedly falling off a jetty at Strand Pavilion.
A Western Cape woman has been rescued after reportedly falling off a jetty at Strand Pavilion.
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  • A woman reportedly fell off a jetty at Strand Pavilion on Friday.
  • The NSRI was alerted after bystanders saw the woman being swept out to sea by rip currents.
  • On the same day, a man was rescued in Knysna Lagoon when he swam after the roof of his boat, which had blown off in strong winds.

A woman has been rescued after reportedly falling off a jetty at Strand Pavilion in Cape Town.

According to the National Sea Rescue Institute's (NSRI) Gordons Bay station commander Alan Meiklejohn, the crew received a report of a drowning in progress at around 12:45 on Friday.

On arrival on the scene, they found a fully clothed woman being swept out to sea in rip currents at Die Poort.

She may have fallen into the water from the jetty at Strand Pavilion, Meiklejohn said.

"An NSRI rescue swimmer launched into the water from the pavilion and he reached the female, who was floating on her back, and she was secured by the rescue swimmer as the sea rescue craft arrived on the scene."

READ: NSRI rescues unconscious sailor off Cape Town coast

The woman, understood to be a local, was brought safely to shore, and paramedics treated her for hypothermia at the scene.

She was then transported to hospital in a stable condition.

On the same day, the NSRI assisted a man who was in difficulty when he swam after the roof of his day cruiser boat.

The roof had reportedly been blown off while he was in Knysna Lagoon.

Jerome Simonis, NSRI Knysna station commander, said the crew were activated after eyewitness reports of an unidentified object afloat on Knysna Lagoon, drifting towards The Knysna Heads, at around 17:00 on Friday.

"On arrival on the scene we found a local man who had swum out to what was identified as the roof of his Day Cruiser Boat. The man was taken onboard our sea rescue jet-rib and a towline was established to hold the roof from drifting any further," Simonis said.

The roof was towed to shore, where it was beached and secured at the sea rescue station.

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