While the circumstances of the suspected drowning of a female swimmer at Clifton on Sunday morning remain unknown, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) provides some details regarding the incident.
‘A group of local open water swimmers, while swimming off-shore of Clifton’s Second Beach, noticed the female face down in the water,’ said the NSRI.
‘They are commended for swiftly rescuing the lady to the shoreline and raising the alarm.’
Upon reaching the shoreline, the swimmers initiated Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) efforts before a doctor, who was at the beach at the time, swiftly joined them.
The City of Cape Town water rescue network was activated just after 8am and SAPS Water Policing and Diving Services were alerted.
Arriving on the scene, paramedics and the off-duty doctor continued with advanced life support CPR.
‘After all efforts to resuscitate the female were exhausted sadly she was declared deceased,’ said the NSRI.
The body of the female, believed to be a local, was taken into the care of Government Health Forensic Pathology Services.
According to The Atlantic Seaboard Community Forum Facebook group admin Peter Flentov, the body was collected at 1pm, approximately five hours after the incident.
‘While it appears that the lady had been swimming at the time, police are investigating and an inquest docket has been opened,’ the NSRI added.
Formal identification of the body is in progress.
Our sincerest condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of the deceased.
The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) and SA Police Service (SAPS), in cooperation with the City of Cape Town, are urgently appealing for assistance in identifying the victim of the drowning incident that took place at Clifton Second Beach this morning.
The organisations are asking for ‘anyone that can assist to identify (or provide information as to contact details for family) of a white adult female (believed to be aged in her 50’s),’ the NSRI reported.
The rescue institute described the swimmer as wearing a floral two-piece bathing suit, a yellow bathing cap and purple Speedo swimming goggles.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Camps Bay Police Station on 021 437 8140 or NSRI Communications on 082 380 3800.
In a post shared on the Atlantic Seaboard Community Forum Facebook page, it was reported that a drowning incident occurred at Clifton Second Beach this morning.
According to the post, an unresponsive female swimmer was pulled from the water around 8am, prompting an immediate response from medics from CSO and Netcare.
Despite their efforts, it remains unclear whether the victim was successfully revived.