NSRI fishermen

The search for the 11 missing fishermen offshore of Hout Bay in Cape Town has been called off. Thoughts with the families of the men. Image: NSRI

19-year-old Rhodes student drowns in Port Alfred – NSRI

A 19-year-old female believed to be a student at Rhodes University drowned at West Beach in Port Alfred this weekend, according to the NSRI.

NSRI fishermen

The search for the 11 missing fishermen offshore of Hout Bay in Cape Town has been called off. Thoughts with the families of the men. Image: NSRI

A 19-year-old KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) woman drowned at West Beach in Port Alfred on Saturday, 10 September.

The 19-year-old was swept out to sea by strong rip currents

The woman is believed to be a student at Rhodes University in Makhanda, Eastern Cape. The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) Port Alfred station commander Gerrit Cloete said that the woman was swept out to sea in strong rip currents. 

“In strong rip currents, a female was being swept out to sea. We believe she had been swimming and wading in waist-deep water at the time while at the beach with friends,” said Cloete.

Cloete said that NSRI rescue swimmers responded to the scene and their rescue craft was launched. Along with the NSRI were the SAPS, Gardmed ambulance services, multi-security officers and municipal officials.

She was declared deceased after extensive CPR efforts

When they arrived, the NSRI rescue craft was able to reach the 19-year-old in the Surfline in the rough sea conditions. Upon rescuing the student CPR efforts commenced before she was brought to the NSRI Port Alfred rescue station. Paramedics there continued with ‘extensive CPR’ efforts.

Unfortunately, the young woman was declared deceased. Her body was taken by the Police and Government Health Pathology Services. The SAPS have opened an inquest docket.

“Condolences are conveyed to the family and friends of the deceased,” said Cloete.

Body of missing teenager, 16, who drowned in KZN located

Previously, it was reported that the body of a 16-year-old who went missing during a school trip earlier this week in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) has been found.

The teenager went missing off Jabula Beach near St Lucia on Thursday, 18 August. National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) St Lucia Station Commander Jan Hoffman said the NSRI and park rangers from the iSimangaliso Wetland Park responded to reports of a drowning in progress.

It is believed that the teenager got caught in rip currents before he disappeared underwater. Hoffman said shoreline searches were conducted while sea rescue craft searched in the sea following the reports of the drowning in progress. Read the full story here.