An unidentified man was still missing after he had been washed off rocks by waves in Port Edward.
THE TRAGIC INCIDENTS HAPPENED ON NEW YEAR’S DAY
According to Gert du Plessis, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) Port Edward station commander, the incident happened at around 17:36 on Saturday.
“The NSRI were activated to reports of a drowning in progress at Splash Rock where an unidentified man had been washed off rocks by waves.
“A sea rescue craft was launched, NSRI rescue swimmers and Police Search and Rescue responded,” he said.
DESPITE AN EXTENSIVE SEARCH, THE MAN IS STILL MISSING
Du Plessis said despite an extensive search there remains no sign of the man.
“Police Search and Rescue, assisted by NSRI Port Edward, are continuing in a search and investigations to determine the identity of the man,” he added.
AN EIGHT-YEAR-OLD GIRL DROWNED AT A RESORT EARLIER
This comes shortly after an eight-year-old girl drowned in a pool of a resort in Port Edward on Saturday afternoon.
Du Plessis said bystanders had rescued the little girl from the water and they initiated CPR and raised the alarm.
“On arrival on the scene NSRI medics, assisted by 2 bystanders, a male and a female, who are proficient in CPR, continued with CPR efforts which were joined by Advanced Life Support paramedics from Kwazulu private ambulance services.”
He said a heartbeat was restored by paramedics, assisted by NSRI medics and the 2 bystanders, on the scene.
“The girl was transported to hospital in a critical condition by KwaZulu- Natal private ambulance where hospital staff, doctors and nurses continued with extensive resuscitation efforts.
“Sadly the child succumbed to fatal drowning injuries and was declared deceased by doctors. Condolences are conveyed to the family of the deceased child,” Du Plessis said.
A YOUNG WOMAN LANDED IN TROUBLE ON THE ROCKS
Meanwhile, also on Saturday, at 10:28, a 27-year-old woman suffered a medical condition on rocks on the shoreline at TO Strand.
“NSRI Port Edward rescue crew and local lifeguards attended to her on the rocks, in a barely accessible location, where she was treated for a medical condition and loaded onto a stretcher and removed over rocks, through a river, and across the beach, to a local resort where Med-Evac ambulance services and Kwazulu private ambulance services took over medical care,” Du Plessis said.
The woman was transported to the hospital by Kwazulu private ambulance in a stable condition.