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Fatal dive for lobster diver

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A 46-year-old crayfish diver from Eerste River died when apparently suffering a medical condition while free diving in Betty’s Bay at the weekend, which also marked the start of the crayfish season.

According to a statement from the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI), its Kleinmond duty crew was alerted to the incident at 10:27 on Saturday (20 November).

It is believed that the man was free diving when he apparently suffered the medical condition and he was recovered from the water by other divers also diving in the vicinity.

The NSRI duty crew received eye-witness reports of a bystander conducting cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the man at Draadbaai.

“Our NSRI sea rescue vehicle, Law Enforcement, the police and CMC Ambulance Services responded, while an off-duty NSRI Kleinmond crew member was already on the scene assisting,” the statement read.

“On arrival of the NSRI duty crew, CPR continued and they were joined by paramedics.

“Despite extensive efforts to resuscitate the man, sadly he was declared deceased by paramedics.”

The body of the man was taken into the care of Western Cape government’s Health Forensic Pathology Services, while Kleinmond police have opened an inquest docket into the incident.

“We appeal to the public to be cautious around water during the summer season and urge the crayfishing community to adopt a safety conscious mindset, especially when free diving close inshore around the shoreline,” the NSRI said.

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