Fisherman washed out to sea

2011-12-22 12:00

Cape Town - A 40-year-old fisherman has survived after being swept off rocks into a large swell at Jongensfontein in the Western Cape on Wednesday evening.

National Sea Rescue Institute station commander Enrico Menezies said on Thursday that a fellow angler had tried to throw a line to Carel van der Merwe as he was being washed out to sea around 18:30.

"When our sea rescue vehicle arrived on-scene Carel could be seen about 100m off-shore being pounded by the huge breaking surf," Menezies said.

NSRI rescue swimmer Jean du Plessis swam out from the beach using a rip current to reach Van der Merwe.

Du Plessis tried to swim with Van der Merwe towards the shore.

"But Carel is a big chap and efforts were further hampered by the large breaking waves," Menezies said.

Another rescue swimmer, CJ Joubert, then used the same rip-current to reach the two men.

The two men used breaking waves to bring Van der Merwe ashore.

"Carel was in a serious condition and it was evident he had breathed in a lot of water so without hesitation we rushed him to our local doctor who treated him for near drowning symptoms, shock, exhaustion and breathing difficulties," Menezies said.

  • Nicholas - 2011-12-22 12:06

    Glad he is okay, his breakfast must have tasted extra good this morning.

  • Penny - 2011-12-22 12:38

    Thank heavens for NSRI, please spare a thought for the men and women of NSRI over this festive season, they put their lives on the line for others gratis and often very little thanks and acknowledgment from the public. That klippies and cola/beer on the beach, don't work too well in a rip or heavy seas....

      Kala - 2011-12-22 13:10

      Hear hear.

  • frans.grobler3 - 2011-12-22 13:12

    imagine shark and see how fast you can swim - well done NSRI the vallies are counting on you's

      John - 2011-12-22 13:30

      If you going to rely on them.... support them...

  • Jako - 2011-12-22 13:43

    the NSRI must just be careful of not overachieving, or merely achieving, lest the government pounce on them and make them more "representative"

  • Janice - 2011-12-22 13:51

    The sea is a dangerous thing, so unpredictable!!

  • Mike - 2011-12-22 15:23

    Glad he is ok but he is very lucky. Well done to the NSRI. Having fished off the magnificent rocks at Jongensfontein myself, I have learned that the key is to know the tides, keep track of time, be ultra-conservative, wear shoes with a good grip and don't fish from the very edge.

  • Johan - 2011-12-22 22:16

    Thanks for some goods news for a change!!!

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