Near drowning off Wilderness beach

The NSRI Wilderness duty crew were activated yesterday afternoon following reports of a person being swept out to sea by rip-currents at Wilderness Beach in the Southern Cape.

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When the NSRI arrived on-scene they found an 18 year old male coming out of the water, onto the beach, on his own, without assistance, and fellow learners and teachers had waded in to help him out of the last few feet of water.

The casualty, a Grade 11 learner, is on a school tour with fellow learners and teachers from Klerksdorp.

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It appears that the teenager was wading in shallow water when he was swept out to sea by rip currents but he managed to get back to shore without any assistance.

The school group are staying in Mossel Bay during their school tour and NSRI Mossel Bay, in conjunction with NSRI’s WaterWise Academy, have volunteered to give the school group a talk about rip currents and the sea in general and this has been welcomed by the school groups teachers.