NSRI Port Alfred duty crew were activated on Sunday afternoon following reports of a drowning in progress at Kenton-On-Sea main beach.
NSRI rescue swimmers, the SA Police Services, EC Government Health EMS, Gardmed ambulance services and Hi-Tech Security responded.
On arrival on the scene bystander CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) efforts were being conducted on a 19 year old local female on the beach.
Paramedics continued with advanced life support resuscitation efforts but sadly after all efforts were exhausted the female was declared deceased.
It appears from reports gathered at the scene that while swimming in the surf the female was swept out to sea caught in rip currents. The currents brought the casualty back towards the beach where a Good Samaritan waded into the surf and rescued the female to the beach where bystanders initiated CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) efforts.
Condolences are conveyed to the family and friends of the female.
The body of the female has been taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services.
Police have opened an inquest docket.
The Good Samaritan and the bystanders who assisted on the scene are commended in their efforts to try to save the teenagers life.
And on Saturday afternoon,
NSRI Jeffreys Bay duty crew were activated following reports of a female injured while dune riding at Aston Bay.
The sea rescue vehicle with NSRI medics responded to the scene and Private Care ambulance services were activated.
On arrival on the scene the patient, a German tourist, age 22, was found to be suffering a blunt trauma head injury sustained when she fell off a body board while riding down a sand dune and bumping her head.
Paramedics evaluated the patient medically and found her to be fit and not requiring hospital treatment.
Advice was given to her to seek medical attention if she felt dizzy or developed headaches and no further assistance was required after we gave them details to call if required.
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