Stephen Slade, NSRI Port Alfred deputy station commander, said:
At 15h31, Sunday, 12th May, NSRI Port Alfred duty crew were activated following reports of a drowning in progress at Kenton-on-Sea main beach.
NSRI rescue swimmers, the SA Police Services, EC Government Health EMS, Gardmed ambulance services and Hi-Tech Security responded.
On arrival on the scene, bystander CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) efforts were being conducted on a 19-year-old local woman on the beach.
Paramedics continued with advanced life support resuscitation efforts but sadly after all efforts were exhausted the woman was declared deceased.
It appears from reports gathered at the scene that while swimming in the surf the woman was swept out to sea caught in rip currents. The currents brought the casualty back towards the beach where a good samaritan waded into the surf and rescued the woman to the beach where bystanders initiated CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) efforts.
Condolences are conveyed to the family and friends of the woman.
The body of the woman has been taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services.
Police have opened an inquest docket.
The good samaritan and the bystanders who assisted on the scene are commended in their efforts to try to save the teenagers life.
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