Sea Point mom

Sea Point Beach with the Promenade. Image: Creative Commons/Hilton1949.

Sea Point mom rescued from ocean dies in hospital

The woman, who was rescued after being swept from rocks on Tuesday, died in hospital, according to the NSRI.

Sea Point mom

Sea Point Beach with the Promenade. Image: Creative Commons/Hilton1949.

The woman who was adrift in the ocean near Sea Point, Cape Town, has died. She was rescued by the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) after being swept from rocks on Tuesday, 4 July.

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Sea Point mom succumbs to injuries

NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon said the Sea Point mom died in the early hours of Wednesday. Her family was by her side.

Initially, the woman’s identity was unknown. She was rescued on Tuesday afternoon. Lambinon said hospital staff were able to find the family after examining a necklace she wore.

“Hospital staff are commended for their tireless efforts through the night in trying to save her,” said Lambinon. “Family has thanked all the emergency services involved in the rescue operation in Table Bay on Tuesday.”

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Swept from rocks at Rocklands Beach

On Tuesday, the NSRI were alerted to a drowning in progress at Rocklands Beach at approximately 14:18. Upon arrival, first responders spotted the woman drifting 200 metres offshore.

The Sea Point mom was reportedly walking on rocks on the shoreline when she may have been swept into the ocean by a wave.

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She vanished from sight due to the misty conditions and a heavy sea swell. Later, rescuers executed a sweeping line sea search and the woman was found about half a kilometre from the shore. The NSRI described her body as lifeless.

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation efforts were made as soon as the body was brought onto the NSRI rescue craft and when it reached the Granger Bay Water Club jetty, paramedics took over.

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“The unidentified female was transported to hospital by EMS ambulance in a critical condition where doctors and nurses are continuing with ongoing medical care in efforts to save her life,” said NSRI Table Bay duty controller, Paula Leech on Tuesday.

On Monday, Irish rugby coach Greig Oliver died when two tandem paragliders collided near the Sea Point promenade.

“One tandem paraglider reportedly landed safely, and both the pilot and passenger were found to be not injured.

“A second tandem paraglider reportedly deployed a reserve parachute and is believed to have landed in the surf approximately (believed to be) 200 to 300 meters off-shore of Sea Point Promenade,” said Lambinon.

Oliver was declared dead at the scene after medics attempted to revive him with CPR. The police have opened an inquest docket. (Alprazolam)

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