Teenager drowns at Fish Hoek Beach

Beachgoers gathering on Jager’s Walk as paramedics try to resuscitate a 15-year-old boy who was later declared dead.

A 15-year-old boy drowned at Fish Hoek Beach on Saturday, January 20.

Beachgoers looked on from the water below the rocks on Jager’s Walk as paramedics tried to resuscitate the teenager for more than an hour.

National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) spokesperson Craig Lambinon said the teenager had reportedly dived off rocks into the surf before being rescued from the water by the lifeguards.

Cape Medical Response (CMR) spokesperson Darren Zimmerman said after the teenager had been pulled out of the water, lifesavers and an off-duty doctor had been assisting with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) when CMR paramedics arrived.

After more than an hour of CPR the teenager was declared dead, he said. His family arrived shortly afterwards.

A beachgoer said she had only noticed that there had been a drowning after paramedics arrived at the scene and a large crowd had gathered on Jager’s Walk.

“It is so tragic,” she said.

Mr Zimmerman said an autopsy would be done to determine the cause of death, adding that the matter had been handed over to the South African police services and Government Health Forensic Pathology Services.

Fish Hoek police spokesman Warrant Officer Peter Middleton confirmed the incident and said an inquest docket had been opened.

Beachgoers look on from the water as paramedics attend to the teenager. PICTURES: YOLANDE DU PREEZ
Cape Medical Response paramedics wheeling life-saving equipment from Jager’s Walk at Fish Hoek Beach after a 15-year-old boy drowned.