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Man dies after apparent heart attack while swimming at Jeffreys Bay beach

Feb 25, 2019
Man dies after apparent heart attack while swimming at Jeffreys Bay beach

A tourist died over the weekend at a beach in Jeffreys Bay after apparently suffering a heart attack while swimming.

According to Ernie Schmidt, National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) Jeffreys Bay duty controller, at 18h15, Saturday, the NSRI Jeffreys Bay duty crew were activated following reports of a man rescued from the surf at a beach at Jeffreys Bay, at Point, and suspected to be suffering a heart attack.

"Our NSRI rescue vehicle responded and the SA Police Services, Gardmed ambulance services and Private Care ambulance services responded," he said.

"On arrival on the scene, we found a 55-year-old male had been rescued from shallow surf by a bystander and CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) efforts were commenced."

Man dies at Jeffreys Bay beach despite efforts to save him

Schmidt said that despite extensive CPR efforts, conducted by NSRI medics and by paramedics, sadly the man was declared deceased.

"The man and his wife are foreigners on a holiday to Jeffreys Bay with friends from Johannesburg," he addded.

"The wife and the friends are being supported by Police and Condolences are conveyed to his wife, family and friends.

"The body of the man has been taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services."

Schmidt said that the lady, who rescued the man from the surf has been commended for her involvement in the rescue.

"It appears that the man was swimming when he collapsed and it is suspected that he suffered a heart attack. A bystander assisted him from the surf and raised the alarm."

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