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Tragic Drowning at Kogel Bay Resort Mobilizes Emergency Rescue Teams

Published December 29, 2023
7 months ago

In a somber event at Kogel Bay Resort, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) Gordons Bay duty crew and a host of emergency services responded to a drowning in progress. NSRI, known for its vigilant life-saving efforts along South Africa's perilous coastline, was conducting routine training at Station 9 when the alert came through their Emergency Operations Centre (EOC).

Dappat se Gat Beach lifeguards, cities of Cape Town water rescue network, and a conglomeration of emergency crews sprang into action. The urgency of the situation led to the launch of three NSRI rescue craft into the tumultuous surf.

Upon arriving and scouring the surf line, rescuers discovered a 41-year-old man from Strandfontein struggling against the ocean's force. With no time to lose, the man was retrieved offshore and immediately received CPR aboard the NSRI vessel. The vigorous efforts to save him were joined by Fire and Rescue Services and City of Cape Town lifeguards upon reaching the sandy shores.

The intense scenario continued as Skymed EMS paramedics took over resuscitation efforts after establishing a landing zone for the EMS/AMS Skymed helicopter. Tragically, after exhausting all possible life-saving techniques, paramedics pronounced the man deceased.

In the aftermath of this upsetting incident, the deceased was entrusted to the Government Health Forensic Pathology Services, followed by the attendance of various emergency and law enforcement groups, including the SAPS and City of Cape Town law enforcement.

Kogel Bay Resort is a natural beauty spot, generally buzzing with locals and tourists alike, but now stands silent as the authorities have closed it down while an inquest docket is being compiled.

This tragic event serves as a stark reminder of the unpredictability of the sea and the importance of coastal safety. The NSRI and the responding emergency services extended their deepest sympathies to the family, friends, and loved ones of the deceased, whose outing turned to tragedy in a matter of moments.

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