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Man drowns, another rescued at St Francis Bay beach

Oct 8, 2018
Man drowns, another rescued at St Francis Bay beach

St Francis Bay police have opened an inquest docket for investigation after one man drowned and another was rescued after they were swept out to sea at a St Francis Bay beach on Sunday afternoon.

According to Garth Shamley, National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) St Francis Bay duty coxswain, at 12h30, the NSRI St Francis Bay duty crew were activated following eye-witness reports of two men being swept out to sea at Grannies Pool, St Francis Bay.

Apparently a local surfer, who had grabbed an NSRI Pink Rescue Buoy at the beach, was reported to be swimming out to try to assist the two men.

"The sea rescue craft Spirit of St Francis II was launched and NSRI rescue swimmers, the SA Police Services and Private Care ambulance services responded," he added.

"On arrival on the scene, the local surfer, known to NSRI only as AJ, had managed to get one of the men safely to shore with the use of the Pink Rescue Buoy, but the second male casualty remained missing in the surf."

Shamley said that during a search, the second casualty was located and recovered from the surf by two local surfers, friends of AJ, and by NSRI rescue swimmers.

Man was declared deceased

"He was brought onto the beach where NSRI medics and an NSRI doctor performed CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) efforts, but sadly after all CPR efforts were exhausted he has been declared deceased.

"The rescued man has been transported to hospital by Private Care ambulance in a stable condition for treatment for non-fatal drowning symptoms," Shamley said.

"The body of the deceased male has been taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services and Police have opened an inquest docket.

"Condolences are conveyed to the family and friends of the deceased man." 

Shamley said that the NSRI commend the effort of the surfer AJ, who went to their aid and was able to use the Pink Rescue Buoy to successfully rescue one of the men.

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