Tourist drowns at popular Eastern Cape resort


The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) has confirmed that a 65-year old Dutch tourist has died after being washed out to sea near the resort town of Cape St. Francis yesterday afternoon.

In a statement released on the NSRI’s website, spokesperson Craig Lambinon said it received a call-out after 17h30 that two woman had been swept away due to strong rip currents. He said that upon their arrival, bystanders had succeeded in rescuing a 58-year old woman but that the second was still missing.

During their search, rescuers found the missing woman’s body drifting 300 m off-shore. Attempts to revive her via CPR in the rescue boat were in vain as she was declared dead on-arrival at the St. Francis NSRI rescue base a short while later.

Lambinon said that the matter was being handled by police, the travel company as well as the Dutch Consulate, and that an inquest docket had been opened.