Local lifeguards didn't know what to do to save a drowning man - eyewitness

A man died after he drowned at Camps Bay Beach on Sunday.

According to eyewitness Michaela Lawrence, there were no lifeguards on site at the time of the incident.

She says people witnessing the drowning had to run around the beach looking for lifeguards to save this man but there was no one until they spotted two of them strolling along the road.

One of the lifeguards said he didn't know what to do when he asked why are they not calling a rescue boat.

Lawrence says this man's family watched him drown helplessly, in front of his wife and two children.

NSRI CEO Dr Cleeve Robertson says there were no NSRI lifeguards stationed at Camps Bay. He says he suspects there must have been lifeguards stationed by the City of Cape Town.

My view is that this is a forgotten service, it's an emergency service that we need in South Africa and I think local authorities need to take it seriously.

Cleeve Robertson, NSRI CEO

I think the heads of emergency services across the city need to come together around the table and try to sort this out.

Cleeve Robertson, NSRI CEO

To hear the rest of the conversation with Dr Cleeve Robertson, listen below:


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