26 Dec 2017, Gordons Bay: At 15h30, Tuesday, 26th December, NSRI Gordons Bay duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) following reports of a drowning in progress in the surf below Crystal Pools, between Gordons Bay and Koegel Bay.
The sea rescue craft Jack and Irene was launched and a sea rescue vehicle, Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services rescue divers and WC Government Health EMS responded to join Provincial Traffic Services who were already on the scene after being flagged down by bystanders reporting a father and son in the surf and in difficulty.
It appears that the 34 year old male, from Athlone, and his 10 year old son were fishing from rocks when the child was swept into the surf by waves and his dad jumped in to help but both got into difficulty.
On the NSRI sea rescue craft arriving on the scene the child was rescued from the surf and during a search, 7 minutes later the dad was spotted and he was rescued onto the sea rescue craft where NSRI medics initiated CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) efforts on the dad while the sea rescue craft raced to the NSRI base in Gordons Bay where they were met by paramedics.
Despite extensive CPR efforts and after all efforts to resuscitate the dad were exhausted on the scene the 34 year old man has sadly been declared deceased.
The child has been transported to hospital by EMS ambulance in a stable condition for treatment for shock and for observation for secondary drowning symptoms.
The body of the deceased man has been taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services and Police have opened an inquest docket.
Trauma counsellors are assisting the family and condolences are conveyed by all emergency services involved.