Sea claims man in Cape Town

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AN UNIDEN­TI­FIED man drowned at Three An­chor Bay in Cape Town yes­ter­day de­spite des­per­ate ef­forts to save him, the Na­tional Sea Res­cue In­sti­tute said. NSRI Ta­ble Bay duty con­troller Paula Leech said they dis­patched their crew to the Three An­chor Bay prom­e­nade at 5.46am af­ter re­ports that a man had been washed off the rocks. A by­stander, Peter Ascham, used a har­ness tied to the prom­e­nade rail­ings and at­tached to an­other by­stander, Ali Gaf­foor, and tried to pull the man out of the water, Leech said. Ascham had been walk­ing his dog on the prom­e­nade when he spot­ted the man call­ing for help. “Ascham did not have a cell­phone with him and sum­moned a pass­ing cy­clist, Gaf­foor, to as­sist him. They also raised the alarm. They teth­ered a har­ness to­gether and Gaf­foor went over the wall to try to as­sist the man, who was be­ing pulled out to sea by a strong cur­rent,” Leech said. An NSRI res­cue swim­mer, Gra­ham Wat­son, swam out to the man, who had been swept about 100m out to sea, and brought him to the prom­e­nade wall, where an­other res­cue swim­mer, Mark de Vos, as­sisted by Gaf­foor, brought him up to the prom­e­nade, where medics tried in vain re­sus­ci­tate him.

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