An elderly German tourist drowned at The Bar, located at the Breede River Mouth, when the boat she was in capsized on the afternoon of Sunday, February 9. Two other tourists also fell into the water, but were successfully rescued.
“The female, age 79, was sadly confirmed to be deceased and the 2 men, aged 79 and 76, survived,” the National Sea Rescue Institute said in a statement. “The sea rescue craft Falcon Rescuer and Breede Rescuer were launched and on arrival on the scene we found 1 man on the boat and a female and a man had been assisted ashore by bystanders.”
The two men were brought to the NSRI’s sea rescue station, and the organisation towed the casualty boat to their aforementioned station.
“The SA Police Services and WC Government Health EMS attended at the scene and the body of the female was taken into the care of the Government Health EMS Forensic Pathology Services,” the NSRI said. “The two men were treated for shock by EMS paramedics.”
All three are German citizens, and the husband and wife are residents in Cape Town, and have a holiday house in Witsand. The two men are brothers and the 76-year-old male is visiting from Germany.
Police have opened an inquest docket.
“Condolences are conveyed to the family and friends of the deceased female,” the organisation said.