Wee­kend dro­w­ning in Wil­der­ness

Knysna-Plett Herald - - News | Nuus -

A local man dro­w­ned this wee­kend in the Touw River La­goon despi­te all ef­forts to res­cue him.

NSRI Wil­der­ness du­ty con­trol­ler Mi­ke Vonk says du­ty crew we­re acti­va­ted at 15:49 on Sun­day 1 A­pril, fol­lo­wing re­ports of a dro­w­ning in pro­gress in the Touw River la­goon.

SANParks ran­gers, the SA po­li­ce and EMS we­re al­so acti­va­ted.

“Our res­cue swim­mers re­spon­ded to the sce­ne and on ar­ri­val it was con­fir­med that a local man a­ged in his la­te 40s, at a pi­cnic with f­riends, had en­te­red the wa­ter to swim and he got in­to dif­fi­cul­ty.

“A friend had en­te­red the wa­ter to try to help him but al­so got in­to dif­fi­cul­ties and the friend was a­ble to get out of the wa­ter u­nas­sis­ted and he was not in­ju­red. The man who dro­w­ned had at that sta­ge di­sap­pea­red un­der the wa­ter,” ex­plains Vonk.

Two NSRI res­cue swim­mers en­te­red the wa­ter and im­me­di­a­te­ly star­ted se­arch ef­forts. T­hey we­re joi­ned by a furt­her four NSRI res­cue swim­mers and all six con­ducted a coor­di­na­ted swee­ping li­ne se­arch until the man was lo­ca­ted.

Af­ter he was re­co­ve­r­ed from the wa­ter, the NSRI me­di­cal crew i­ni­ti­a­ted CPR, but all ef­forts we­re exhausted and the man was de­cla­red deceased by EMS pa­ra­me­di­cs.

The bo­dy of the man has been ta­ken in­to the ca­re of the fo­ren­sic pat­ho­lo­gy ser­vi­ces and po­li­ce ha­ve o­pe­ned an in­quest doc­ket.

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