In a tragic turn of events along the coastal shores of Klein Brak beach in the Western Cape.

A 66-year-old local man lost his life despite the valiant efforts of a companion in a drowning incident reported to the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) on Monday.

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TimesLIVE reported, the National Sea Rescue Institute’s (NSRI) Craig Lambinon said lifeguards who were preparing for duty at about 8.40am were alerted to a drowning about 450m from their lifeguard tower.

NSRI’s account of the incident

According to Craig Lambinon of the NSRI, it appears that the man and his friend were swimming together when they found themselves caught in rip currents, leading to a perilous situation.

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The elderly swimmer encountered difficulty in the water, prompting his friend—a local resident—to initiate a courageous rescue attempt.

“It was found that the 66-year-old local male had been in difficulty in the water and he had been rescued from the water by his friend, also a local, who described to NSRI how she had managed to swim the man to the beach even though he was lifeless in the water,” said Lambinon.

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Vital role lifeguards and quick thinking individuals play in beach safety

This incident serves as a testament. To the vital role lifeguards and quick-thinking individuals play in coastal safety.

The NSRI continues to emphasise the importance of water safety awareness. It also encourages beachgoers to remain vigilant, especially in areas prone to rip currents.

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