NSRI called in for multiple rescues on New Years Day

NSRI STATION 21 - St Francis Bay

NSRI Stations along the South African southern coastline had a busy day with rescues and assisted rescues streching from Cape Town to East London with several in close proximity to St Francis


NSRI St Francis Bay duty crew were activated shortly after 5:00pm on New Year’s Day following reports of a drowning in progress at Grannies Pool, St Francis Bay.

On arrival on the scene two adult females and a female child were found already on the beach.

A Clifton Beach Surf Lifesaving lifeguard, on holiday in St Francis Bay noticed while surfing that the three were in difficulty on the Granny’s Pool slipway and rushed to their assistance. He assisted getting them safely to the beach from where they were transported to hospital by EC Government Health EMS in stable conditions for observation for secondary drowning symptoms.


An NSRI Jeffreys Bay duty crew dispatched a sea rescue vehicle and rescue swimmers to Kabeljous Lagoon Beach following reports of a drowning in progress. on New Year’s Day, An EC Government Health EMS ambulance and an EMS rescue helicopter and the SA Police Services responded and on arrival at the scene found a doctor and a nurse, who happened to be on the beach at the time, conducting Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) on a 54 year old man from Port Elizabeth.

An EMS doctor from the EMS helicopter assisted with CPR but after all efforts to resuscitate the man were exhausted he was declared deceased on the scene. The body of the deceased man has been taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services and Police have opened an inquest docket.

An additional three bathers, an adult man and two boys aged 16 and 15, were treated for non-fatal drowning symptoms and transported to hospital by ambulance in stable conditions. It appears that a family including the deceased 54 year old man, his brother in law and two nephews were swept out to sea by rip currents.

A British couple, on holiday assisted in rescuing them from the surf and while assisting they were assisted by Kouga lifeguards. The British couple, Carl and Magdelaine Grey as well as the unidentified doctor and Nurse are commended for their actions.

Later in the day, also in Jeffreys Bay, Kouga lifeguards were involved in rescuing a group of people at Pellsrus beach next to the NSRI sea rescue station and NSRI were at hand to assist. A 27 year old man from Uitenhage had been rescued by lifeguards and members of the public and he was transported to hospital by Private Care ambulance in a stable condition after he was transported from the beach to the roadway by our NSRI Quad Bike.

At a little after 4:00pm Jeffreys Bay NSRI was again called following reports of a non-fatal drowning at Kitchen’s Window where a 38 year old male from Uitenhage was rescued from the surf by lifeguards and members of the public.

EC Government Health EMS and Private Care ambulance services joined NSRI and lifeguards on the beach and the man was transported to hospital by Private Care ambulance in a stable condition where NSRI assisted by transporting the patient from the beach to the ambulance on the NSRI Quad Bike.

Then shortly after 5:00pm, also at Kitchen’s, Kouga Lifeguards requested NSRI Jeffreys Bay assistance as an adult man had collapsed unconscious at Kitchen’s Window car park after suffering a suspected heart attack.

The SA Police Services, EC Government Health EMS joined NSRI on the scene but the man was declared deceased and a funeral service have taken the body of the deceased man into their care.

Finally to end a busy day a 13 year old boy arrived at the Jeffreys Bay sea rescue station suffering a severe laceration to his left foot. The NSRI medics treated the laceration and a WC Government Health EMS ambulance transported the teenager to hospital for sutures.

NSRI Jeffreys Bay also dealt with six cases of lost children on the beach today of which five were reunited with family and the other was taken into the care of the SA Police Services and handed into the care of child care.

And at Wilderness also on New Year’s Day two brothers aged 23 and 12, caught in rip current at Wilderness were found safely ashore by NSRI rescue swimmers who had responded following eye-witness reports. They required no further assistance.

At 5:30 were NSRI Wilderness duty crew noticed people busy with CPR at the Wilderness lagoon and dispatched NSRI medics who found a father conducting CPR on his 7 year old son who he had rescued from the lagoon following a drowning accident and NSRI medics took over CPR efforts.

Eden 911 ambulance services, EER International paramedics, the SA Police Services and SA National Park rangers responded to assist.

Efforts to resuscitate the child were successful and the child was transported to hospital by Eden 911 ambulance in a stable condition.

Press Release from NSRI – Edited

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