Two university students were involved in a swimming accident, one male (19) and one female (22). The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) responded to the drowning yesterday, 10 March 2023. The incident took place in front of Views Hotel in Wilderness.
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NSRI Wilderness station commander, Mike Vonk, confirmed that NSRI rescue swimmers, WC Government Health EMS and EMS Rescue, George Fire and Rescue Services and Frontier Medix ambulance services responded.
An extensive sea and shoreline search revealed no sign of the missing teenager. Today the Police Dive Unit is continuing an ongoing search for the missing teenager.
NSRI Wilderness and George Fire and Rescue Services are assisting Police divers in the ongoing search.
“A female University student, believed to be age 22, was located by NSRI rescue swimmers past the backline of the waves. She was unresponsive. The rescue swimmers initiated chest compressions while swimming towards the shore. An NSRI rescue craft recovered her in the mid-surf break and recovered her onto the NSRI rescue craft,” said Wonk.
She was then taken to hospital “where doctors and nurses fought through the night to save her life. NSRI has learned that she sadly passed away during the night after all efforts to save her were exhausted”.
Our sincere condolences to the family of the deceased.