After a successful, incident free day one of the PE – East London surf ski challenge, NSRI volunteers who are assisting in water safety during the event, were enjoying the evening at Woody Cape Lodge, when they heard cries for help coming from the beach.
They immediately proceeded to investigate the cries for help and found 5 British Nationals, all part of a volunteer group, who had gone for a swim were caught in rip-currents and were being swept out to sea by the currents. (They are not taking part in the surf-ski challenge).
NSRI rescue swimmers went into the surf to go to the aid of the 5 people, reaching them 100 meters out to sea and managing to rescue 3 safely and recovering the body of one and the 5th person remains missing in the surf line.
The three survivors, two males and a female, showed signs of near drowning symptoms and were treated by NSRI medics before being transported to hospital for observation for secondary drowning.
SA National Parks Rangers also responded to assist.
The body of the deceased, a female, has been handed into the care of the Police and the Forensic Pathology Services.