A Port Elizabeth man, aged 53, got stuck in a rip current and drowned in the ocean mouth area by the Kabeljous Lagoon in Jeffreys Bay on New Year’s Day.
The man, Tyrone Roberts, retrospectively got caught in an attempt to help children who were caught in the same current, which is significantly prominent along these parts of the coastline.
The respective children were swimming out-of-breach approximately 400-metres away from the designated swimming areas set out by the lifeguards.
Roberts was helped out of the water by on-scene beach goers, before alerting the lifeguards – who assembled in an attempt to revive the man with CPR procedures. Shortly after, EMS officials came to assist, but time was to no avail as the overpowering current lead to the man’s premature demise.
Kouga Municipality Mayor, Elza van Lingen, expressed her condolences and gratitude to JBAY News about Robert’s attempts to save children on-goers, but unexpectedly suffering himself.
“Sadly a life was lost on the first day of the New Year and we urge swimmers to always obey the lifeguards and swim in the designated areas. We can never underestimate the power of the ocean and I thank the Jeffreys Bay lifeguards for their quick response to the situation, as well as to NSRI and EMS for their support,” van Lingen said.
Image: Kabeljous Lagoon