Nawahlodien Panday, NSRI Strandfontein station commander said: “On 1st March 2009 at 16h32 NSRI Strandfontein and the Metro Ambulance and Rescue Services responded to the Strandfontein Pavilion beach following reports of a drowning in progress.
The Metro Red Cross AMS helicopter, Law Enforcement officers and the SA Police Services were alerted and responded.
On arrival on-scene duty Surf Lifeguards were found attending to a 39 year old male who had been brought out of the water by an unidentified bystander after reportedly getting into difficulty while swimming.
Metro paramedics and NSRI medics initiated Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) on the male, who is from Colorado Park, Mitchell’s Plein, and on arrival on-scene the Metro Red Cross AMS helicopter paramedic joined in the CPR efforts while the helicopter continued to search for a man suspected to still be missing in the surf.
It was later confirmed that the man suspected to still be missing in the surf had come out of the surf and had left the scene and the search was called off.
CPR efforts on the Mitchell’s Plein man were successful and he has been transported to hospital in a critical but stable condition by a Metro ambulance.
Prior to this incident NSRI Strandfontein volunteers attended to a motor vehicle accident on the corners of Eislieben Road and Baden Powell Drive, opposite Mnandi Beach, where two vehicles were involved in a head on collision.
The Metro Ambulance and Rescue Services, Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services, the SA Police Services and Cape Town Traffic Services responded.
2 male patients, from Malawi, of 4 Malawians in one of the vehicles, were treated by paramedics, one with a minor head injury and one suffering a dislocated shoulder. “They have both been transported to hospital by a Metro Ambulance.
A Mitchell’s Plein man, from the second vehicle, was treated for suspected spinal injuries and transported to hospital in a stable condition by a Metro Ambulance.”