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Five year old drowns in hotel pool

On Saturday 6 January 2018, at approximately 6h30pm, NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty crew were activated following reports of a drowning in the swimming pool at the Beacon Isle Hotel in Plettenberg Bay.

On arrival at the scene it was discovered that bystanders initiated CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) efforts on a 5 year old local boy after a group of children, swimming in the hotel pool, recovered him from the bottom of the pool.

A group of children swimming in the pool noticed an object under water, and on closer inspection they realised that a child was lying at the bottom of the pool. The children brought the boy to the surface where adult bystanders initiated CPR.

NSRI medical crew, who carry full advance life support medical kits in their vehicles, were at the scene in minutes, assisted by an off duty an ER Trauma Nurse (Emergency Room Trauma Nurse) from Mediclinic, and also member of the NSRI emergency activation group. Medlife ambulance services were activated.
On arrival at the scene NSRI medics and the ER Trauma Nurse took over CPR from the bystanders. A medical doctor, who was at the hotel at the time, assisted NSRI volunteers. On their arrival at the scene, Medlife paramedics joined the CPR efforts.

With CPR efforts continuing the child was transported to hospital by ambulance where doctors continued with CPR in hospital. Sadly all efforts to resuscitate the child were exhausted, the child was pronounced dead.

Police have opened an inquest docket into the incident.

Trauma counsellors are assisting the mother of the child, believed to be an employee at a local salon, and her daughter, who was at the pool at the time.

NSRI and emergency services convey Condolences to the family of the boy.

The children who rescued the child from underwater and their parents, who initiated CPR, and the doctor that assisted, are commended for their actions.


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