STATEMENT BY NSRI SHELLY BEACH STATION COMMANDER JEREMIAH JACKSON:
At 08h15, Tuesday, 12th June, NSRI Shelly Beach duty crew were activated by the Shelly Beach Control after a man fell out of a boat exiting to go to sea through the surfline.
It appears that 3 men were on the motor boat Grobbies which may have taken a wave causing one of the crew, a male, to be thrown from the boat into the surf.
We believe bystanders were able to recover the man from the water while the casualty boat was able to turn around and beach.
NSRI crew responded and KZN Private ambulance services, Hibiscus Med-evac ambulance services, Police Search and Rescue, the SA Police Services, Natal Sharks Board members, Shelly Beach Protection Services responded and Shelly Beach Control, local charter boat personnel and bystanders assisted.
On arrival on the scene the man, believed to be aged in his 60’s, was found on the beach and sadly despite extensive CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) efforts conducted by paramedics the man was declared deceased after all efforts to resuscitate him were exhausted.
Police have opened an inquest docket.
Condolences are conveyed to family of the deceased man, his friends and the local boating community.
NSRI urge boaters and anyone launching any kind of craft onto water to wear life-jackets while their craft is underway on water.