Plett surfers rescue tourists

2016-08-11 22:38

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Plettenberg Bay – Two surfers have been hailed as heroes for helping to save three British tourists caught in rip currents at Lookout Beach in Plettenberg Bay, the NSRI said on Thursday.

The 52-year-old father, his daughter, 15, and his son, 18, believed to be from Newcastle in the UK, were swept out to sea by rip currents during an afternoon swim, NSRI Plettenberg Bay deputy station commander, Marc Rodgers, said in a statement.

Eyewitnesses raised the alarm.

Two local surfers, Jaque Kannemeyer and Andy Fermour, believed to be in their 40s, noticed the three were in trouble about 100m off-shore and entered the water on their boards to help.

The two placed the father and son on their surfboards and held onto the daughter to keep her afloat. Due to the strong rip-currents, the surfers could not get the visitors to the beach. They stayed in the water, keeping the father and the teenagers calm while waiting for help.

NSRI rescue swimmers helped them back to the shore. The father showed signs of exhaustion and near drowning symptoms. He and his children were taken to hospital as a precautionary measure.

 

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