Boy saves stranger, almost drowns himself

2016-02-11 06:00

PORT Shepstone Regional Hospital staff were touched by the story of the two men who saved the life of a young girl who was drowning.

Hospital spokesperson Phumza Morai said two of their patients - Ayanda Petshane and Zandile Mavundla - woke up in casualty after an event that took place on the seashore behind Shelly Centre.

“When the boy and girl tell the story of how they ended up in casualty you think how lessons about one’s childhood have a way of proving their value later on,” she said.

Ayanda was walking past the area where the group were in the water when he saw that Zandile was in trouble.

“Ayanda saved Zandile when she was drowning while swimming with friends who could not swim,” said Morai.

Zandile was hit by a wave and was unable to swim back to shore, which is when Ayanda came to her rescue not knowing if he was strong enough to swim back to shore with her.

Ayanda said when he reached her he was so exhausted, but managed to hold onto her neck, even though Zandile was not responsive.

Another man, who was walking by, saw the two of them struggling in the water and was able to save them both as by that time Ayanda was also drowning because of the rough sea.

Morai said Ayanda and Zandile do not remember how they got to hospital, but were grateful and thankful they survived.

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