Man drowns after rubber-duck capsizes


Man drowns after rubber-duck capsizes

TMG Digital | 2017-04-02 14:44:54.0

A man drowned after a rubber-duck capsized in heavy sea swells about 200 metres off shore of Clifton.

Image by: NSRI

The body of a man has been found after a rubber-duck capsized in heavy sea swells about 200 metres off shore of 
Clifton on the Cape Peninsula on Sunday morning.

The skipper of the rubber-duck was found safe and uninjured on the beach after managing to swim ashore.

The rubber duck also washed ashore.

An extensive air and sea search involving‚ among others‚ members of the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) rescuers stationed at Bakoven and Table Bay‚ a police dive unit and the AMS/EMS Skymed rescue helicopter‚ was launched for a missing crewman.

“… members of the public spotted the body of the missing man in the surf-line at Clifton 4th Beach and they were able to secure the body which was then recovered onto the beach where CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) efforts commenced by NSRI and these efforts were joined by paramedics but sadly the man has been declared deceased by paramedics‚” said Mark Thompson‚ the NSRI Bakoven duty coxswain.

“The body of the man will be taken into the care of the Government Health Forensic Pathology Services and Police have opened an inquest docket and SAMSA (South African Maritime Safety Authority) will investigate the incident‚” he said.

Thompson said it appeared that the crew of the rubber-duck may have been on a stand-by for a private Clifton swim after launching earlier at Oceana Power Boat Club (OPBC) before capsizing in surf-line off-shore of Clifton 1st Beach.

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