Johannesburg – A man drowned at a beach in Port Elizabeth
on Thursday afternoon, paramedics said.
“Reports from the scene are that the man was
swimming in the rough sea by the dolloses near the lighthouse at the Burmar
Road intersection when he ran into difficulty,” said Netcare 911 spokesperson
“Netcare 911 paramedics and the National Sea Rescue
Institute responded to the scene and when they arrived they were faced with
rough seas and a gale force wind.”
Although they could see the man, it took the
“enormous skill” of the NSRI crew to get to the man.
“After he was pulled from the water resuscitation
was immediately started to try and revive the unresponsive bather,” said
“Tragically despite all the efforts the man was
declared dead at the scene.”
The drowning happened around 15:30.