GEORGE NEWS - A visitor from Durban died during an excursion on the Touw river last Saturday 9 February, while on a corporate weekend with colleagues at a campsite in Wilderness.
The man (44) reportedly fell out of a kayak while paddling on the river. One of his colleagues managed to get him ashore and initiated CPR while raising the alarm.
According to the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) Wilderness deputy station commander, Mike Vonk, their medics, a doctor who happened to stay at the campsite and the EMS paramedic continued with extensive CPR efforts.
"Sadly, after all efforts were exhausted, the man was declared deceased," said Vonk. "The body of the man was transported downstream and taken into the care of the police and the forensic pathology services. An inquest docket has been opened to determine the cause of death."
n Last Tuesday, 5 February, a 20-year old local female nearly drowned at the main beach in Wilderness. The NSRI rescue swimmers and the emergency medical services of the department of health responded to a report of a drowning in progress. "It is believed that the female was rescued by a bystander," said Vonk.
"She was out of the water and being attended to by Eden 911 paramedics, whereafter she was transported to hospital in an Eden 911 ambulance." The woman was released from hospital following observation for non-fatal drowning symptoms.
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