14 Jun 2017, Hout Bay: At 22h29, Tuesday, 13th June, NSRI Hout Bay duty crew were activated following reports of a suspected drowning accident in Hout Bay Harbour.
A Hout Bay CCP (Community Crime Prevention) officer were reportedly already on the scene and the alarm had been raised by the Hout Bay WatchCon community control.
NSRI Hout Bay responded and Community Medics, WC Government Health EMS, Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services and the SA Police Services responded.
The CCP officers, on their arriving first on the scene, had found a local female floating in the water and a local man who had reportedly tried to rescue her, believed to be her friend, lying on the North Wharf suffering hypothermia.
The CCP Officer was joined by ADT Security officers and the CCP officer, assisted by the ADT officers, with one of the crew being a qualified medic, they had managed to recover the female from the water and they had initiated CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) efforts that were joined by paramedics from Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services.
NSRI medics, EMS paramedics and Community Medics paramedics joined the CPR efforts but sadly after all efforts to resuscitate the female were exhausted on the scene the female was declared deceased by paramedics.
The body of the female has been taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services and Police have opened an inquest docket.
The man who reportedly tried to save the female was treated for hypothermia at the NSRI sea rescue station and he was transported to hospital in a stable condition by EMS ambulance and he is reported to be recovering.
It remains unknown what caused the female to be in the water in the harbour and Police are investigating. The CCP officer assisted by the ADT security officers are commended for their efforts.