Drowning swimmer saved

2011-11-02 00:00

A 44-YEAR-OLD woman from Springs in Johannesburg, Cecilia McGuire, was swept out to sea at Silver Beach in Port Edward on Monday afternoon in rip currents.

Silver Beach is only patrolled by lifeguards during weekends and at the end of November, during the start of the summer season.

Gert du Plessis from NSRI Port Edward said that one of their off-duty junior trainee volunteers, Robin Nel (17), was on the beach at the time.

“He saw the lady being swept out to sea and informed NSRI volunteer duty crew before plunging into the surf after her.”

Nel swam into the rip current to catch up with the lady.

“On reaching her, he calmed her and then helped her to reach some nearby rocks, at Grampa Rocks, and waited for his NSRI crew members.”

An off-duty uBuntu lifeguard, David Maduna, who was also on the beach at the time, swam out to assist Nel with McGuire.

“He and Robin decided together that between them they would swim the lady back to the beach which they did,” du Plessis added.

They were met by NSRI rescuers and uBuntu lifeguards on the beach.

McGuire was assessed by medics and was found not to be injured or requiring further medical assistance.

While it was all in a day’s work for the lifeguards, McGuire can count herself lucky that their quick action saved her.

Riptides along the South Coast have led to the drowning of several inexperienced swimmers, whose bodies normally take weeks to wash onto the coast.

• witness@feveronline.co.za

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