A woman who died in hospital after being rescued from the sea at Rocklands beach has been identified as a property agent from Seepunt in Cape Town, Western Cape.
Laureen Leps (49) is the woman who was thought to have been knocked off the rocks by waves at Rocklands beach when she was walking on Tuesday afternoon.
Leps is an estate agent of Just Property in Seepunt.
RNews earlier reported that eyewitnesses called emergency services to the scene at around 14:20 to search for Leps. When the emergency services arrived at the scene, she was spotted about 200 m from the coastline where she was floating in the water.
However, it was very foggy and she disappeared from the rescue workers’ sight soon after. The sea currents were also apparently very strong.
She was found in the sea 500 m from the beach and loaded onto the boat. She was lifeless and the rescue workers from the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) tried to revive her.
She was taken from there in a critical condition to a hospital, where she then passed away.
Rescue workers apparently located Leps’ family with the help of a pendant around her neck.
Leps’ sister, Bianca Shifrin, describes her death as a freak accident.
“We are shocked and devastated. We will miss her terribly,” writes Shifrin on her Facebook page.
“Her bright light will forever shine in our memories of her. Words cannot describe the excruciating pain we are experiencing. We will keep her in our hearts.”
Leps was the mother of two sons, Cody (9) and Sage (11).
Leps was named National Letting Agent of the Year in 2017 and was a Mastery Club member in 2017 and 2018.