Ten-year-old boy saved from the surf

2015-04-06 15:32


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Durban - A ten-year-old boy had a close shave after a strong rip current swept him out beyond the shore break while swimming near Blythedale on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast on Sunday.

The floundering boy was saved by other holidaymakers who launched a canoe and pulled him to shore.

IPSS Medical Rescue spokesperson Paul Herbst said that medics had rushed to the beach when they received a report of the near drowning.

“The incident took place at Blythedale, near the river mouth where the boy and a group of his friends were swimming at a beach not designated for bathing.”

“He got into trouble and a fisherman and some holidaymakers spotted him in the surf. They launched a canoe and they were able to rescue him,” Herbst said.

Herbst said that when the alarm was raised, lifeguards stationed further along the beach ran two kilometres to where the boy was pulled to shore.

“IPSS Medical Rescue transported the boy to hospital in a stable condition for observation,” he said.

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