At 07h34, yesterday morning, the NSRI Port Alfred sea rescue were activated following reports of a man being swept off West Pier by a wave and into the Kowie River. He was then pulled out to sea through the river mouth according to eye witnesses.
“Our NSRI Port Alfred volunteers launched the sea rescue craft Arthur Scales, in 4 meter breaking swells, and the SA Police Force and Gardmed ambulance services responded as well” said Juan Pretorius, NSRI Port Alfred station commander.
“We found the man floating face down in the water just off East Beach. (He had been swept through the river mouth and around East Pier, towards East Beach, by rip currents).
“The man was recovered onto our sea rescue boat and our NSRI medics commenced Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and on arrival in the harbour, the victim was transferred into the Gardmed ambulance and CPR continued in the ambulance en-route to hospital but doctors declared the man dead upon arrival” added Pretorius.
Police have opened an inquest docket and the name of the man, believed to be from Port Elizabeth and estimated to be aged in his fifties, has not been released.