Police investigating after man drowns in St Francis Bay

FEBRUARY 20, 2017
Police investigating after man drowns in St Francis Bay

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) in St Francis Bay over the weekend assisted in the recovery of a body of a man, who drowned after being swept out to sea by rip currents.

According to Sarah Smith, NSRI St Francis station commander; "At 15h04, Saturday, the NSRI St Francis Bay duty crew dispatched rescue swimmers to The Cove following reports of a drowning in progress.

"Two private boats, with NSRI St Francis Bay crew onboard, that happened to be on the water and nearby to the scene at the time, responded."

Private Care ambulance services, SA Police Services and EC Government Health EMS responded.

"On arrival on the scene a search commenced for a 35-year-old male, believed to be a local man, who had disappeared under water after being swept out to sea by rip currents while swimming," said Smith.

"During an extensive sea and shoreline search effort, including a sweeping line free dive search conducted by NSRI rescue swimmers, the body of the man was located and recovered from the water and brought to the shoreline where the body was taken into the care of the SA Police Services and the Forensic Pathology Services.

"Sincere Condolences are expressed to family and friends who are receiving Police assistance and Police have opened an inquest docket."