At 09h06, Saturday, 12th October, NSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew were activated following reports of a boat capsized off-shore of Noordhoek.
NSRI rescue swimmers in a sea rescue vehicle, EC Government Health EMS, the EMS Aeromed 3 helicopter, Gardmed ambulance service, Relay EMS, Coastal Water Rescue (CWR), Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB) Beach office and NMB lifeguards and the SA Police Services responded.
On arrival on the scene NSRI rescue swimmers launched into the surf to rescue a 37 year old local man who was in the surf near to a capsized boat.
On reaching the man NSRI found the man to be unresponsive and he was rescued onto rocks on the shore where NSRI medics initiated CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) efforts and these efforts were joined by paramedics who provided advanced life support efforts but sadly after all CPR efforts were exhausted the man has been declared deceased.
It has been confirmed that 4 men launched on a fishing ski-boat earlier in the day and on returning from a morning of fishing and capsized in surf on returning.
The skipper alerted the fishing club that they were returning to port however before they could enter, the boat, uShaka capsized. Three managed to swim to shore however, Shaun Oosthuizen (37) from Draaifontein drowned. Police have opened an inquest.
3 of the men were able to get to shore unassisted and were checked by paramedics and they were not injured.
The body of the deceased man has been taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services.
Police have opened an inquest docket and SAMSA (South African Maritime Safety Authority) are investigating.
Condolences are conveyed to family and friends of the deceased man.
The capsized boat was righted and recovered from the surf.
Editor: I was part of a crew on the AB Marine Vessel scheduled to take a full boat of guests on a Whale and Dolphin Watching trip on Saturday morning which we cancelled, after being alerted that the swell outside Cape Recife and in the Noordhoek area was approaching 4 metres.