News24

Man saved from drowning

2012-11-18 19:51

Johannesburg - A man was in a critical condition in hospital after he was rescued from drowning at Windmill Beach in Simonstown on Sunday, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said.

Darren Zimmerman, NSRI station commander said the crew was called to the scene at 12:55.

He said rescue teams found the 30-year-old man on the beach with the stand-up paddle boarder who had rescue him.

"It is believed that the man, who is reportedly from Pretoria, had been face down in the surf for at least 10 minutes before the stand-up paddle boarder had reached him and rescued him from the surf," said Zimmerman.

Witnesses told paramedics that the man had difficulty while swimming in the sea, he said

"Following approximately 50 minutes of CPR [cardiopulmonary resuscitation] ...the patient was airlifted to hospital by the Skymed helicopter."

The man, whose name was not released, was in a critical condition, he said.

Comments
  • brad.ken.18 - 2012-11-18 21:00

    FFS!!! "Johannesburg - A man was in a critical condition in hospital after he was rescued from drowning at Windmill Beach in Simonstown on Sunday". Simonstown is about 1700km from Johannesburg! News24? As I've said before. NEVER have I come across such a bunch of illiterate journalists!

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-11-18 21:27

      Sigh - that is the office where the story was filed - not necessarily where the story took place. It is standard journalistic practice. It's called the dateline

      kobus.oosthuizen.58 - 2012-11-19 07:06

      agreed, it's a misleading to report a story this way.

  • francoisjacques.malan - 2012-11-18 21:24

    Well done NSRI! It is a pleasure supporting you! My money saves lives!

  • Mike - 2012-11-19 00:20

    Thats what happens when a vaalie thinks he can swim.

      kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-19 08:20

      Cameron VD Berg is a vaalie and he can swim.

      janice.mcmaster.92 - 2012-11-19 10:57

      No Mike, this is not the time for jokes like that man!

  • michael.ortlepp.5 - 2012-11-19 13:49

    I was there. I must say the SUP guy really put in a massive amount of effort - as did all the ER guys. Was really impressed by response time. After about 20 minutes of CPR, I really didn't think that he'd make it out alive. Well done everyone involved.

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