Paddler dies in St Francis Bay race

Durban - A 51-year-old man died after suffering a heart attack at a paddle race in St Francis Bay on Monday, the NSRI reported.

Spokesperson Craig Lambinon said that NSRI volunteers were part of the safety team for the race and saw the man collapse at the finish.

"NSRI medics assisted two cardiologists, believed to have been part of the paddle race and who happened to be at the beach at the time and who immediately began CPR efforts," he said.

"Private Care ambulance services were on the scene within minutes and paramedics assisted with the CPR efforts, but sadly despite extensive efforts the man was declared dead on the scene," he said.

Lambinon added that later that day, rescue crews saved two people whose yacht had capsized two nautical miles off-shore of the St Francis Bay Lighthouse.

"Both persons were wearing life-jackets and were found hanging onto their upturned Hobie-Cat in the gusting 30-knot winds and they were rescued, their craft was righted, and they were brought ashore without incident and they required no further assistance," he said. 

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