NSRI Still Bay duty crew were activated at 9.50am on Saturday following reports from the South African Police Service (SAPS) of a drowning in progress at the Gouka River Mouth at Still Bay, NSRI Still Bay deputy station commander George Sabbagha said.
NSRI Still Bay, the SAPS, and Western Cape government health EMS responded to join municipal lifeguards on the scene, he said.
On arrival on the scene, it was found that lifeguards had brought a 39-year-old man, from Riversdale and on a church outing, out of the water. The man had got into difficulty while reportedly trying to swim across the river mouth. After bringing the man to shore, lifeguards had initiated cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) efforts.
“CPR efforts were joined by our NSRI medics who used an AED defibrillator during CPR efforts and EMS paramedics joined in with CPR efforts, but sadly, after all efforts to resuscitate the man were exhausted, he was declared deceased,” Sabbagha said.
Police had opened an inquest docket and the NSRI conveyed its condolences to the man’s family and friends, he said.