49-year-old man dies after boat sinks in Mossel Bay

NextSRI Mossel Bay duty crew was activated following eyewitness reports of a boat capsized in the surf at Tergniet (near Klein Brak).

Andre Fraser, NSRI Mossel Bay Station Commander, said: ‘The St Blaize Rescuer sea lifeboat was launched while NSRI rescue swimmers responded directly to the scene in their private vehicles and our rescue vehicle NSRI, SA Police Services and By Grace Ambulance Services responded. .”

When they arrived, an NSRI lifeguard jumped into the water.

He found two members of the public, believed to be a father and daughter, who had jumped into the waves and were helping an injured woman. They appeared to be making good progress and the two good Samaritans brought a 37 year old woman safely to shore where they were met by additional NSRI and emergency services and the victim was treated for injuries by paramedics.

“Our NSRI rescue swimmer reached a man in the water, finding him unconscious. Our rescue swimmer was able to bring the man to some rocks where additional NSRI members and paramedics assisted the man on shore. where CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) efforts began,” Fraser added.

After all efforts to resuscitate the 49-year-old man were exhausted, he was sadly pronounced deceased.

It was determined that only the husband and wife were on board the boat when it capsized. They are from Riebeeckstad, Welkom, in the Free State.
The woman was taken to hospital by By Grace ambulance for medical treatment and she was released.

The police have opened an investigation file. The body of the deceased man was taken over by the government health forensic services.

Condolences are sent to the family of the deceased. The damaged boat washed ashore where NSRI members, aided by Meyer Towing and Recovery, recovered the boat. Passers-by who witnessed the scene are congratulated.

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