Rescuer drowns trying to save two boys in rip current

HEROIC efforts to save two Port Elizabeth boys from drowning in a rip current ended in tragedy yesterday when their would-be rescuer died near the Deal Party Lighthouse in Algoa Bay.

The incident east of the Port Elizabeth harbour, comes amid a festive season marred by a spate of drownings across the Eastern Cape coastline and interior.

Despite concerted efforts by emergency workers to resuscitate him, a 32-year-old man, whose identity was not released yesterday, died at the scene about 40 minutes after being pulled from the strong surf in an area also known as “Smelly Creek”.

The man had been fishing at the mouth of a storm-water canal, which exits into the sea near the small Deal Party Lighthouse, when two boys were swept from the shoreline by a strong rip current shortly after 2pm.

 – Shaun Gillham

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