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Woman who fell into Hout Bay harbour dies despite fishermen's brave rescue bid

20 May 2017 - 12:21 By Bobby Jordan
The NSRI is made up of about 1 000 unpaid volunteers whose mission is to ‘save lives at sea and help those in peril’.
The NSRI is made up of about 1 000 unpaid volunteers whose mission is to ‘save lives at sea and help those in peril’.
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A woman drowned in the Hout Bay harbour on the Cape peninsula on Friday evening after apparently falling into the water.

“It appears that the female had fallen into the water in the harbour and two fishermen‚ from a fishing boat moored in the harbour‚ had reportedly jumped into the water to rescue her while a fellow fishermen had raised the alarm‚” said NSRI Hout Bay station commander Lyall Pringle..

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The men had brought the woman‚ believed to be in her late 30s‚ on to the harbour wall and attempted to resuscitate her. When they arrived on the scene‚ NSRI medics‚ who were joined by paramedics‚ took over but despite extensive advanced life support CPR efforts‚ the woman was declared dead‚ Pringle said.

The two men who had tried to save the women were treated for hypothermia‚ and one of them also for non-fatal drowning symptoms.

“The body of the deceased female has been taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services and Police have opened an inquest docket‚” Pringle added.

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