Elderly beachgoer rescued by shark spotters

2015-08-25 06:02

A beachgoer was rescued at Muizenberg Beach last week.

At 08:43 on Tuesday 18 August a Shark Spotters members was patrolling the beach when a person was found floating face-down at the water’s edge.

A team from the Shark Spotters Information Centre was immediately alerted and rushed to retrieve the person from the water. At the same time, the Cape Medical Response Group was contacted for assistance, who in turn contacted Muizenberg police.

Although it appeared as though the elderly woman was dead, she was found to be alive but unconscious.

Two of the shark spotters have Level Three first-aid training and immediately set to work stabilising the patient.

She was carried to the Information Centre where the Shark Spotters continued to monitor and to attend to her until the Cape Medical Response Group arrived.

Shark Spotters project manager, Sarah Waries, says the patient was taken to Groote Schuur Hospital. “I would like to commend the actions of our three shark spotters who responded quickly and efficiently and provided the immediate and correct medical assistance that stabilised the patient. We were very impressed to see the training that they had received earlier in the year being put into practice,” she says

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