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Two cases of non-fatal drowning in Plettenberg Bay

Volunteers from Plettenberg Bay NSRI attended to two separate incidents of non-fatal drowning over the weekend of 10 to 11 March 2018.

The first incident took place on Saturday 10 March at the lagoon near central beach where a 17 year old local female was rescued from the water.

The second incident took place on Sunday 11 March at a residence in Plettenberg Bay where a 38 year old male lost consciousness in a private swimming pool.


At 4h30pm on Saturday 10 March 2018, NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty crew were requested by Plett Beach Control to assist lifeguards in treating a patient who suffered from symptoms of non-fatal drowning at the lagoon near Central Beach in Plettenberg Bay.

On arrival at the scene, NSRI volunteers found Municipal Surf Lifeguards from Plettenberg Bay attending to a 17 year old local female, already out the water, following a non-fatal drowning in the lagoon. Ambulance services had been activated.

NSRI Medics assisted the lifeguards who were treating the female. The victim was stabilised, but she remained in a serious condition.

Western Cape Government Health EMS paramedics took over care of the patient and transported her to hospital by EMS ambulance in stable but serious condition.

The lifeguards are commended for their quick response

Incident 2:

At 11h21am on Sunday 11th March 2018, NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty crew were activated following reports of a drowning in progress in a residential swimming pool.

Two NSRI rescue swimmers were driving on the same road as the residence at the time and they responded while NSRI medical crew and Medlife ambulance services responded.

On arrival on the scene a female was found holding the head of her unconscious partner out of the water but she was unable to get her partner, a 38 year old male, out of the swimming pool.

NSRI rescue swimmers recovered the man from the water and medical treatment for symptoms of non-fatal drowning was initiated.

Paramedics joined NSRI medics with the medical efforts and the man has been transported to hospital in a serious but stable condition by ambulance.

It is suspected that he may have experienced shallow water blackout while under water (hypoxia - oxygen starvation to the brain causing unconsciousness).

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