Surfer drowns in sea at St. Francis Bay


A 30-year-old surfer was pronounced dead on Monday afternoon after falling into the sea at Seal Point in St. Francis Bay got into trouble and drowned.

According to Craig Lambinon, spokesperson for the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI), the NSRI at St. Francis Bay as well as Kouga lifeguards were notified at around 14:45 of a surfer who allegedly required medical assistance.

“NSRI has prepared an NSRI rescue vehicle. NSRI medics, NSRI rescue swimmers, Kouga municipal lifeguards, the Eastern Cape emergency services, Rapid Emergency Medical Services (REMS), the Relay ambulance services, local security companies and the police also responded to the incident.

“When the NSRI members arrived at the scene, a local doctor was already applying artificial respiration to the 30-year-old man. Kouga lifesavers and members of the public helped the doctor in his efforts,” says Lambinon.

NSRI medics and paramedics also assisted with artificial respiration at the scene.

“Despite extensive efforts, the man, who is believed to be from Cape Town, was pronounced dead,” says Lambinon.

The body of the man was taken to the forensic pathology services and the family of the deceased was assisted at the scene by a trauma counsellor.

The police have started an inquest.

“We express our condolences to the family of the deceased,” says Lambinon.