The newborn baby boy with KwaZulu Natal private ambulance services paramedic Jacob Catchpole and NSRI Port Edward deputy station commander Marlene "Tokkie" Livingstone. Picture: Supplied

Medical emergency rescue teams have had a busy weekend attending to a birth and two tragedies.


ER24 paramedics said a 56-year-old man drowned in the Albert Falls dam in Cramond when his boat capsized.


The man had gone missing on Saturday afternoon and his body was recovered today around 8 am.  “He was declared dead on the scene,” said ER24 in a statement.


“The exact circumstances surrounding the incident are not yet known but the SAPS and local authorities were on the scene for further investigations,” ER24 said.


National Sea Rescue Institute's Craig Lambinon said in the early hours of Saturday morning, a 54-year-old female collapsed and died on Port Edward beach.


“NSRI Port Edward medical crew were activated following a request for assistance at Leisure Bay  where a 54 year old female had collapsed. On our arrival on the scene Netcare 911 paramedics were in attendance and despite efforts to resuscitate the female she was sadly declared deceased,” he said.

Lambinon said the team also were a part of a happy experience after helping a woman give birth.

“Our NSRI medics were activated following a request for medical assistance from Judge Buli Pakati reporting her 24 year old daughter in labour at a residence in Port Edward.

“Our NSRI medics and KwaZulu private ambulance services responded and a healthy baby boy was delivered successfully and he and his mom have been transported to hospital by KwaZulu private ambulance services in healthy and stable condition,” he said.