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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Mayor of Cambridge, Dies After Scuba Diving With Sharks In South Africa

The Mayor of Cambridge died on Friday after scuba diving with sharks in South Africa despite frantic attempts to revive him in front of his distraught wife. Councillor Nigel Gawthrope, 61, had just surfaced from a morning dive at Aliwal Shoal on the Kwazulu Natal coastline when he went into suspected cardiac arrest.




While the dive crew tried to resuscitate him they sent out an SOS to rescue services and raced towards their shore base at Umkomaas, 50 kilometres from the Kwazulu-Natal capital Durban.


Emergency paramedics who were waiting for the boat belonging to the dive outfit Scuba Addicts spent nearly 40 minutes trying to revive him on Umkomaas beach before declaring him dead.


Sources on the scene say Cllr Gawthrope’s wife Jenny looked on in horror and then collapsed at the scene.


‘When Nigel Gawthorpe surfaced he was having trouble breathing,’ said one of the emergency respondents who spoke to condition of anonymity.




‘The crew got him back on the boat and gave him oxygen but minutes later he collapsed. That’s when they started CPR and raced back toward the shore.




‘Mrs Gawthrope was distraught as she watched waiting medics transfer him to the beach and try to revive him. They were at it for nearly 40 minutes but he never responded. He was declared dead on the beach.


‘His wife was overcome by grief and broke down at the scene.’


The couple were on a diving holiday in South Africa and were due to continue on to Mozambique this weekend.




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