A well-known 67-year-old Yzerfontein man, who was at the harbour and lending boat advice to the rescued family, collapsed and died.
THE WELL-KNOWN MAN FROM YZERFONTEIN WAS DECLARED DEAD ON THE SCENE
The 67-year-old JC Smith was declared dead on the scene by a doctor.
According to NSRI Yzerfontein station commander, Junre Marais said, a friend of the casualty family commenced CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) efforts.
“He is commended for assisting in these efforts. WC Government Health EMS, a local doctor and the SA Police Services responded.
“After all, efforts to resuscitate the man were exhausted. Sadly he was declared deceased by the doctor. The body of the man was taken into the care of Government Health Forensic Pathology Services.
“Condolences are conveyed to the deceased man’s family and friends.”
JC is well-known for his love of the ocean.
JC IS WELL-KNOWN FOR HIS LOVE OF THE OCEAN
According to a friend Hugo van Niekerk JC was also at harbour.
“He was such a kind-hearted man who was always willing to help anyone. JC loved the ocean and he loved spending most of his time in the harbour.”
Hugo van Niekerk
JC leaves behind a daughter.
Marais said JC’s death comes after the NSRI Yzerfontein duty crew was activated on Wednesday for a distress phone call about a boat that had capsized.
“We received information from a lady reporting that she, her husband, her dad, and her son were on a boat capsized 200 meters off-shore of Yzerfontein harbour and they.
“Our duty crew responded to our NSRI rescue station and the NSRI rescue craft Rescue 34 was launched.”
HE WAS ASSISTING THE RESCUED FAMILY WHEN HE COLLAPSED
She said on arrival on the scene, all four casualties were rescued onto our NSRI rescue craft, and they were brought to shore safely.
“They were treated at our NSRI rescue station for hypothermia before being released, requiring no further medical assistance.
“Our NSRI rescue craft returned to the capsized catamaran pleasure craft that was adrift off-shore. Attempts were made to the right the craft at sea before we towed the capsized craft to the Yzerfontein harbour slip-way.”
She furthermore said it appears that the family, skipper, 43, his wife, 39, their son, 8, from Durbanville, and his wife’s dad, 65, from Yzerfontein, were returning from Dassen Island.
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THE FAMILY WAS RETURNING FROM DASSEN ISLAND
On their approach towards Yzerfontein harbour their boat capsized near the Dolosse after a breaking wave washed over their boat.
“After being thrown off the boat they were able to swim towards the upturned hull of the boat and clamber onto the upturned hull but there was no sign of the 8-year-old.
“We believe that the child was trapped under the boat in a pocket of air and realising that the buoyancy of his life-jacket would prevent him from escaping from under the hull, he removed his life-jacket which enabled him to dive under the boat and swim out from under the boat.”
The 8-year-old popped up from underwater to the relief of his family.
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