A day on the beach in Jeffreys Bay proved to be near fatal for two women from Pretoria, after they were swept out to sea in rip currents at the Secrets surf break on Saturday afternoon.
Two surfers swam out to help them, taking life jackets with them and they were able to assist both women (aged 25 years) to the rocks, where the NSRI helped to bring them safely ashore.
One female was treated for non-fatal drowning symptoms and transported to hospital by Private Care ambulance in a stable but serious condition and she is expected to fully recover.
The other woman did not require assistance.
The NSRI then assisted with an Elephant Seal, not normally found in the area, that was on the beach at Aston Bay and being harassed by curious bystanders.
Bay World and the NSRI loaded the seal onto a bakkie and transported it to quieter area between Paradise Beach and the Kromme River and the seal, not displaying any injuries, was left to continue basking in the sun.