Teens rescue drowning woman

2016-12-21 22:58
Police Brigadier Morgan Govender thanks Kyle Lax, left, and Nathan Austin for saving the woman’s life. (Supplied, Netwerk24)

Police Brigadier Morgan Govender thanks Kyle Lax, left, and Nathan Austin for saving the woman’s life. (Supplied, Netwerk24)

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Port Alfred –Two teenagers rescued a woman who reportedly was drowning at West Beach in Port Alfred on Wednesday afternoon, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said.

The two teenagers - Nathan Austin and Kyle Lax - reached the woman and helped her stay afloat using a body board and a rescue torpedo buoy, said NSRI Port Alfred station commander Juan Pretorius.

The sea rescue craft arrived on scene and found the 40-year-old woman from Dainfurn, Johannesburg, swept out to sea by rip currents.

She and the teenagers were found 300m off-shore when the sea rescue craft arrived on scene.

Guardmed ambulance services, Holistic ambulance services, the police and Ndlambe environmental beach officers attended the scene.  

NSRI took the woman, who was in a serious condition, aboard the sea rescue craft, said Pretorius. 

“The teenagers confirmed that they were fine and the NSRI rushed the lady to the Port Alfred Marina where ambulance services took over care and she has been transported to hospital in a serious but stable condition.”

The teenagers were taken ashore and were commended for their rescue effort.  

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