The Jeffreys Bay NSRI Jeffreys responded yesterday afternoon following reports of a drowning in progress at the Magna Tubes surf break.
“My wife Eidie Janse van Rensburg had noticed a child appearing to be in difficulty in the surf and she immediately activated the NSRI Jeffreys Bay but very shortly thereafter that child came out of the water and he was screaming out that his friend had disappeared under water”, said NSRI Station Commander Rieghard Janse van Rensburg.
Fortunately three surfers managed to rescue the 15 year old male, from Welkom.
“It appears that the three Australian surfers, Mitchell Ellis, Nate Searle and Luca Stevenson, had come across the teenager in the Magna Tubes surf break and they had grabbed him and together they had managed to bring him onto the beach.
We dispatched our sea rescue vehicle to the scene and on arrival, HJ Claassens our NSRI medic, commenced medical treatment to the teenager who showed signs of non-fatal drowning symptoms, hypothermia and exhaustion,” added Janse van Rensburg.
The EC Government Health EMS arrived on the scene and they have transported the teenager by ambulance to hospital in a stable condition for observation for secondary drowning and for continuing medical treatment.
“The teenager is expected to fully recover and everyone involved, the three Australian surfers who rescued the teenager from the surf and members of the public for their assistance, are commended for their actions today,” said Janse van Rensburg.