Sea claims man in Cape Town
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.