A 22-year-old man from Vredenburg tragically drowned at Elands Bay Beach on Sunday afternoon.

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) Lamberts Bay duty crew was activated at 2.45pm after reports came through of a drowning in progress on Elands Bay beach.

A police officer and NSRI member in Elands Bay responded to the incident along with an NSRI crew from Lamberts Bay, fire officers from Cederberg Fire and Rescue Services, the South African Police Services, and Western Cape Government Health EMS.

The victim was spotted in the surf line along the waters by NSRI crew members and successfully recovered to the beach.

NSRI Lamberts Bay station commander Avril Mocke says Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) was used in an attempt to restore the victim’s pulse but could not save him.

“Sadly after extensive CPR efforts were exhausted the man has been declared deceased by paramedics,” he says.

The victim was reportedly spending the day with friends at the beach and got into difficulty while swimming in the water.

An inquest docket has been opened and the victim’s body has been handed over to Forensic Pathology Services.

“Condolences are conveyed to family and friends of the deceased man,” says Mocke.

Picture: NSRI

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