A man drowned while trying to save his son in Mosselbay. Image: Google maps/ NSRI

Man DROWNED while trying to rescue his son in Mosselbay

A man has drowned while trying to save his son in Mosselbay, his wife went in after him but was unable to save him


A man drowned while trying to save his son in Mosselbay. Image: Google maps/ NSRI

On Sunday, 12 February at 14h37, the Police Dive Unit reported that a man had drowned in progress at De Vette Mossel, near the Great Brak River Mouth.

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Various emergency services report to the scene

At the time of the activation, the NSRI duty crew were present at the NSRI Mossel Bay rescue station.

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In response to the report, the following services were on scene:

  • NSRI rescue craft St Blaize Rescuer
  • NSRI rescue swimmers
  • By Grace ambulance services
  • Mossel Bay Fire and Rescue Services
  • SA Police Services directly headed to the scene

Upon arriving at the scene, the team discovered that a 50-year-old man from Herolds Bay had been retrieved from the water, and bystander CPR efforts were underway.

The NSRI medics joined in the CPR efforts, and paramedics also arrived to assist.

Unfortunately, despite all efforts to resuscitate the man, he was declared deceased.

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Man believed to have drowned while rescuing son

The body of the deceased has been taken into the custody of the Police and Government Health Forensic Pathology Services, who have initiated an inquest docket.

Reports indicate that while spending a day at the beach, the man may have launched into the surf to rescue his son.

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His son was possibly caught in a rip current.

The son was able to escape the water, but the man may have been trapped in the rip current.

The man’s wife also entered the water to aid her husband, and it is believed that a local fisherman assisted the wife in bringing the man to the beach where CPR was initiated.