Bystander saves boy from drowning at Durban harbour

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An 11-year-old boy nearly drowned in Durban harbour on Monday but was rescued by a quick thinking bystander.

According to Rescue Care’s Kyle van Reenen, paramedics were called to the Wilson’s Wharf area of the Durban Port at about 1.40 pm.

“On arrival on scene bystanders were found attending to an eleven year old boy and Advanced Life Support Practitioners took over his care,” said Van Reenen.

“The bystander is commended for his fast thinking and life-saving actions.”
Kyle van Reenen, Rescue Care

He said it was established that the boy was swimming in the port with his friends when he experienced some difficulty and began to sink. A quick thinking bystander acted swiftly, retrieving the boy from the water.

Van Reenen said the boy was found to be disorientated. he was taken to King Edward Hospital for further assessment.

“The bystander is commended for his fast thinking and life-saving actions,” said Van Reenen.

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