Monday, 11 February 2013

SEA RESCUE – KNYSNA – Sunday, 10th February, 2013. Teenager saved from drowning

Graeme Harding, NSRI Knysna station commander, said:

"On Sunday, 10th February, at 14h24, NSRI Knysna volunteer sea rescue duty crew were activated following reports of a child in difficulty in the water at the swimming area at Knysna Heads.

"Our NSRI volunteer sea rescue duty crew responded to the shore front to where a private boat brought the young teenager to the shore front after managing to rescue the young teenager from the water.

"Our NSRI medics applied oxygen and medical treatment to the teenager who was in a serious condition suffering near drowning symptoms.

"An ER24 ambulance was summoned to the scene and the teenager has been transported to hospital by ambulance where although he is in a serious condition, suffering near drowning symptoms, he is expected to fully recover.

"It appears that the teenager was swimming at the Knysna Heads swimming area but he may have panicked, we suspect, after venturing too deep into the water and getting swept away by strong currents. A small recreational boat, lying at anchor nearby to the scene with a couple onboard, noticed the teenager in difficulty in the water and reached him and rescued him from the water and brought him to shore where the boat was met by our responding NSRI rescuers."

The NSRI do not have any details on the teenager or where he is from and also have no details of the couple who rescued him from the water and we will most likely only get these details tomorrow (Monday).


Released by:

Craig Lambinon
Sea Rescue Communications

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