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Boy, 17, drowns at Melkbosstrand, Cape Town

CAPE TOWN, January 3 – The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) on Tuesday confirmed that a 17-year-old boy had drowned at Melkbosstrand after getting into difficulty.
In a statement, the NSRI said that at 10:01am, NSRI Melkbosstrand duty crew and NSRI Melkbosstrand lifeguards attended at Main Beach Melkbosstrand where a surfer, Sheldon Brissett, from Durban, had rescued a 17-year-old male from the surf and on reaching the beach had started performing CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) efforts on the teenager.
According to NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon it appeared that the teenager had gotten into difficulty while swimming and his friend, 18, had tried to help him but also got into difficulty.
“The surfer had noticed the incident and rushed to assist getting the 17-year-old out of the water who was not breathing and in cardiac arrest. The 18-year-old was not injured. Both are from Malmesbury.”
NSRI Melkbosstrand lifeguards, arriving at the beach for their duty day, which begins at 10h00 each day, saw the commotion on the beach and rushed to assist, taking over the CPR efforts.
An NSRI paramedic then arrived and CPR efforts continued and the NSRI Melkbosstrand duty crew arrived and ER24 ambulance services, Community Medics, Life Healthcare response paramedic, Law Enforcement, Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services, WC Government Health EMS, Blouberg Surf Lifesaving lifeguards, the SA Police Services and Melkbosstrand Neighbourhood Watch assisted on the scene.
“The teenager was stabilised and transported to hospital by ambulance in a critical condition but sadly succumbed once at hospital despite ongoing efforts by doctors and nurses to resuscitate him he was declared deceased.”
Police opened an inquest docket.
In a separate incident, at 6:30am on Tuesday, NSRI Witsand Port Beaufort were alerted to two men injured on the craft My Deere that was hit hard by a wave off-shore of Witsand.
“A 43-year-old male suffered a spinal injury and a 26-year-old male suffered a fractured ankle. Both are believed to be from the North West Province.
“They were able to get their craft to the NSRI base and NSRI assisted to recover their craft and both men were treated by NSRI medics and stabilised and both men have been transported to hospital by WC Government Health EMS ambulance.”
On Monday, at 8:13pm, NSRI Strandfontein duty crew responded to the Strandfontein tidal pool where four young men were in difficulty in the water.
“One man was rescued by NSRI rescue swimmers from the tidal pool and the remaining three men were assisted from the water by NSRI rescue swimmers wading them out of the water.”
Law Enforcement officers were in attendance to assist.
– African News Agency (ANA),

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