Matriculant saved from sea in pitch dark in KZN

2015-12-31 08:13
Luke McCracken and the teenager he rescued at Zinkwazi beach (Supplied)

Luke McCracken and the teenager he rescued at Zinkwazi beach (Supplied)

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Durban - Celebrations by a group of matriculants who passed their exams almost ended in tragedy when one of them was swept out to sea on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast early on Thursday, paramedics said.

The group of youngsters went for a swim at Zinkwazi beach at around 04:00, IPSS Medical Rescue spokesperson Dylan Meyrick said.

"One kid, an 18-year-old, was swept out to sea. A security guard at the beach phoned us because they could hear him shouting for help," said Meyrick.

Luke McCracken, a lifeguard at the Sugar Bay resort was called to help.

"He swam out in the pitch dark all by himself and rescued the boy," said Meyrick.

McCracken had been very brave as the sea was extremely rough, Meyrick added. The boy was unhurt.

"Luckily, he knew how to swim and he did not panic. Otherwise, this could have turned out badly," said Meyrick.

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