Cape Town police have launched an investigation into a drowning incident at Saunders Beach, Bantry Bay, following the death of a 34-year-old man.
Saunders Beach drowning investigated by Cape Town police
On Wednesday, 29 November 2023, at approximately 19:33, the City of Cape Town’s water rescue network was activated in response to a drowning incident at Saunders Beach, Bantry Bay.
According to the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI), a multidisciplinary effort led by teams from the Bakoven and Table Bay branches, along with several units from Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services and law enforcement zeroed in on the scene, in a race against time to prevent a fatal drowning.
Upon arrival, rescuers found a local man, believed to be 34 years old, in critical condition from injuries consistent with a drowning accident.
A bystander doctor along with rescue services immediately administered treatment. However, despite their extensive efforts, the man was tragically declared deceased at the scene.
“Condolences are conveyed to family, colleagues and friends of the deceased man,” the NSRI statement concluded.
The incident has since been handed over to the Sea Point police for further investigation. Western Cape police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk confirmed that an inquest docket has been opened to determine the circumstances surrounding the drowning.
A post-mortem examination is scheduled to ascertain the exact cause of death.
The Sea Point police, under the supervision of investigating officer Warrant Officer GJ Maartins, have appealed to the public for any information that could assist in the investigation.
Members of the community with relevant information are urged to come forward and contact Officer Maartins at the Sea Point SAPS.
The identity of the victim was unknown when this article was published.
This is a developing story.