The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) on Friday said it was mourning the loss of a 40-year-old man who drowned in Port Edward, KwaZulu-Natal, after trying to save his daughter.
NSRI Port Edward duty controller, Alan Stilwell said the crew that was on duty were activated following eyewitness reports of a drowning in progress at Peter Pan Beach.
The sea rescue Rescue Runner was launched, Tower 13 lifeguards at the adjacent Kids Beach responded, and police search and rescue, Med-Evac ambulance services and Netcare 911 ambulance services were activated.
“It appears that a young female was caught in rip currents while swimming. Her father went into the surf to assist, followed by her mother who also entered the surf to assist,” said Stilwell.
“A local surfer went to their assistance and a young man swimming nearby went to their assistance after all three, the daughter, her mother and her father, were caught in rip currents. The mother and the daughter were swept onto rocks where the surfer assisted them and they were rescued to the beach by Tower 13 lifeguards and they were not injured.”
Tower 13 lifeguards recovered the father from the surf and paramedics conducted cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) efforts on the scene, but sadly after all efforts to resuscitate the man were exhausted, he was declared deceased.
Police have opened an inquest docket and the body of the man has been taken into the care of Forensic Pathology Services.
– African News Agency (ANA)