Tuesday, 18 December 2012

5 year old boy rescued by brother at Gordon’s Bay Beach

At approximately 16:09 today [Monday, 17 December 2012] the disaster management volunteers that performed duty along the False Bay coastline was alerted of a minor male in distress at Gordon’s Bay Beach.

Vuzi Swartbooi (5 years) was recovered from the water by his brother that was on picnic were their aunt on the beach.

The volunteers and the lifeguards that are trained to perform water rescue and intermediate life support assessed the boy for near drowning symptoms.

The volunteers and lifeguards were further assisted by paramedics from the Western Cape Government: METRO Emergency Medical Services and declared the patient stable.

There was no need for the boy from The Leagues in Mitchell’s Plain to be transported to hospital and was left in the care of his aunt.

The brother, Ngazibini Swartbooi (13 years), was commended for his heroic act of saving his sibling.

Issued by: Disaster Risk Management Centre, City of Cape Town

Source: Wilfred Solomons-Johannes, Head: Systems Integration, Special Projects and Disaster Operations, Disaster Risk Management Centre, City of Cape Town

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