Robbie Gibson, NSRI Plettenberg Bay deputy station commander, said: At 15h57, Monday, 08th January, NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty crew were activated following reports a male aged 20 rescued and reportedly out of the water at Natures Valley, Groot River Mouth, and reports of CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) efforts on progress.
The sea rescue craft Leonard Smith was launched and our NSRI rescue vehicle, Med-Life ambulance services and Bitou lifeguards responded.
While responding we were informed that a doctor, who happened to be on the beach at the time, was assisting with CPR and the patient had a pulse and spontaneous breathing had been restored and the doctor was continuing to assist with medical treatment.
Lifeguards arrived on the scene and medical oxygen was administered.
NSRI and Med-Life paramedics arrived on the scene and the patient was stabilised before being transported to hospital by ambulance in a serious but stable condition.
The patient was stabilised in hospital before being transferred to a hospital in George where he remains in a serious but stable condition.
It appears that the 20 year old local man had sunk under water while swimming with family. His cousin rescued him from the water and the doctor who happened to be there at the time conducted chest compressions and the patient started breathing spontaneously but remained in serious condition.
The man’s cousin, the doctor and the bystanders that assisted are commended for their quick actions.