The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) Jeffreys Bay volunteer crew were activated following reports from the SA Police Force of a man reported to be in difficulty in the surf in front of the Kabaljous Caravan Park in Jeffreys Bay yesterday morning.
Rieghard Janse van Rensburg, NSRI Jeffreys Bay station commander, said “Our rescue crew prepared to launch our sea rescue craft while another volunteer responded by road, directly to the scene. Eastern Cape Government Health, EMS and the SA Police Force also responded.
On arrival at the Kabeljous beach, a 65 year old man believed to be from the United Kingdom, reportedly on his first day of holiday visiting family in South Africa, was found on the beach and bystanders had initiated Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) efforts.
Our NSRI volunteer took over performing CPR with the bystanders continuing to assist. Eastern Cape Government Health paramedics arrived and continued with CPR but after all efforts to resuscitate the man were exhausted and he was declared dead”.
The body of the man has been handed into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services and Police have opened an inquest docket. It is suspected that the man may have died from drowning but an autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death.
The family of the deceased man are receiving counseling from the Police trauma counsellors.
According to family the man was swimming when he appeared to be in difficulty in the surf before disappearing in the surf. He was then spotted floating face down in the water and bystanders, including a fisherman, raced into the water and managed to bring him to shore before initiating bystander CPR.
The British Consulate and South African Authorities are assisting the family. The name of the man has not been released and Police are dealing with the matter.