Selfless surfer saves drowning Garden Route tourist

2016-02-10 11:47
The Garden Route region. (File, iStock)

The Garden Route region. (File, iStock)

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Durban - A surfer has been credited with the rescue of a German tourist who had been floundering for nearly an hour against strong rip currents while swimming at Buffalo Bay, between Knysna and Sedgefield on the Garden Route, on Tuesday.

NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon reported that they had received a report of a swimmer in distress, but by the time they had arrived, the selfless surfer had already pulled the man to shore.

"NSRI rescue swimmers waded into the surf to assist a surfer who had paddled out... to rescue a 50-year-old German man and the surfer had managed to get the man to the beach," he said.

"It is believed that the [tourist] had been in the water struggling against rip currents for at least 40 minutes before the surfer reached him. Once on the beach the man was found to be unconscious and suffering signs and symptoms of a non-fatal drowning," Lambinon added.

The man, in a critical condition, was treated on the beach, before being rushed to hospital by ambulance.

"It appears that the [man] had been at the beach with his wife and two children - they are on holiday from Blaufelden, Germany - when the man was caught in rip currents.

"A surfer, Jean Bezuidenhout, had noticed the man in difficulty and he had paddled his surfboard through the surf and on reaching the man successfully rescuing him," Lambinon said.

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