NSRI STATION 21 - St Francis Bay

87-year-old dies while surfing and 18-year old saved from rip

NSRI Jeffreys Bay duty crew’ one of whom was a doctor, were activated following reports of a surfer appearing to be in difficulty off-shore of Jeffreys Bay on yesterday (Sunday) day morning. On arrival they found bystanders and fellow surfers had recovered a 87-year old man from the surf and the doctor immediately initiated CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation). According NSRI Station Commander Rieghard Jansen van Rensburg all efforts to resuscitate the man, well known to the NSRI crew members, were in vain and he was declared deceased.

The man was surfing with his family when he appeared to collapse unconscious in the water and family members‚ bystanders and other surfers were able to pull him out of the water prior to NSRI’s arrival. It is believed he died of natural causes rather than drowning.

18-Year saved from Rip

In another incident in Jeffreys Bay at around late yesterday afternoon the NSRI Jeffreys Bay were again called following reports of a drowning in progress at Albatros Beach, Jeffreys Bay.

The NSRI sea rescue craft Eddie Beaumont II was in the area at the time on a routine exercise and they diverted to respond and our NSRI rescue vehicle and Private Care ambulance services responded.

On arrival they found an an 18 year old female was caught in a rip current about 80 meters off-shore. Two NSRI rescue swimmers were deployed into the surf from the sea rescue craft and they secured the teenager and brought her aboard the rescue craft and then taken to shore where she was taken into the care of paramedics from Private Care ambulance services who had also be called to the scene..

During the rescue a male surfer paddled out to the scene to alert NSRI that another two people, a male bystander who had launched into the surf to assist but then got caught in rip currents himself, and a female who had appeared to also be caught in the same rip current with the female who NSRI had rescued, that both that male and female reached the shore safely and they were not injured.

The rescued teenager is from Benoni and she has been transported to hospital in a stable condition by ambulance, with her mom, for treatment for non-fatal drowning symptoms and she is expected to fully recover.

Article based  on report posted by NSRI by Rieghard Jansen van Rensburg, NSRI Jeffreys Bay station commander