The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) in Jeffreys Bay on Sunday morning recovered the body of a teenage boy from Port Elizabeth, who drowned at one of the area’s beaches.
According to Rieghard Janse van Rensburg, NSRI Jeffreys Bay station commander; “At 08h46, Sunday, the NSRI Jeffreys Bay duty crew were activated following reports of a drowning in progress at Paradise Beach Lagoon, Jeffreys Bay.
“The Kouga emergency response plan was activated and NSRI Jeffreys Bay dispatched our sea rescue vehicle, EC Government Health EMS, The SA Police Services and the Kouga Municipal lifeguards were activated.
“On arrival on the scene it was confirmed that a 16-year-old male, from Port Elizabeth, while playing beach ball with friends, he had slipped into hole underwater and he had disappeared underwater.”
Six NSRI Jeffreys Bay rescue swimmers and two Kouga Municipal lifeguards formed a sweeping line free dive search and during the search, the body of the teenager was located and recovered.
“Paramedics declared the teenager deceased and the body has been taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services,” said van Rensburg.
“NSRI and emergency services have conveyed sincere condolences to the family, the mother, father and sister, that were on the scene and they are being assisted by trauma counsellors.”