A man who was pulled from the waters of Bloubergstrand was declared dead after rescuers attempted to perform CPR on him for more than half an hour. The victim, who was 33 years old at the time of death, was one of scores of locals who flocked to Cape Town’s beaches to celebrate the first of January.
The body of a Malawian national was also retrieved from the water of Zandvlei in Muizenberg on New Year’s Eve. A search ensued after the victim’s canoe overturned, and he failed to resurface.
“During a search operation by police divers, supported by NSRI Station 16 Strandfontein and Fire and Rescue Services divers, a police helicopter joined the search and shortly into the aerial search the crew on the helicopter spotted the body of the man underwater in the vlei,” National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) station commander, Vaughn Seconds, said to IOL. “The body was recovered by divers and taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services.”
Police have opened an inquest docket, and the family of the victim is being provided counselling police trauma counsellors.