Herold's Bay

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Herolds Bay rocked by fatal drowning on Saturday afternoon

The seaside town of Herolds Bay has been rocked by the tragic drowning of a 22-year-old local man who found himself caught in a rip current.

Herold's Bay

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The seaside town of Herolds Bay has been rocked by the tragic drowning of a local man.

A 22-year-old man, said to be a Herolds Bay local, fatally drowned after being caught in a rip current while swimming in the ocean on Saturday, 12 June.

Rip current claims a victim at Herolds Bay

The South African Police Service, emergency medical services and volunteers from the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) were dispatched to the scene after receiving reports of drowning in progress.

Having arrived at the location, rescuers were able to pluck the young man from the surf, but he could not be resuscitated and was declared deceased on the beach.

NSRI Herolds Bay deputy station commander Mike Vonk recounts the events: “At 14:52, Saturday, 12 June, NSRI Wilderness duty crew were activated following reports of a drowning in progress at Herolds Bay where a man was caught in strong rip currents while swimming.

“The sea rescue craft Oscars Rescuer was launched.

“Our NSRI sea rescue vehicle, WC Government Health EMS, ER24 ambulance services, George Fire and Rescue Services and the SA Police Services responded.

“While responding to the scene we were informed that an NSRI Herolds Bay volunteer and a bystander had paddled out to the man on surfboards and on the NSRI sea rescue craft arriving on the scene we found the NSRI Herolds Bay volunteer had the casualty man on his surfboard and was keeping him afloat.

“The casualty, a local man, aged 22, was rescued onto our sea rescue craft and he was brought to shore where CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) efforts were commenced by NSRI medics, paramedics and 3 doctors, who were on the beach at the time and who assisted with CPR.

“Despite extensive efforts to resuscitate the man sadly he was declared deceased.”

The deceased’s body was taken into the care of Western Cape Government Health Forensic Pathology Services and Police have opened a death inquest docket.

Condolences are conveyed to the family of the deceased man.

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