Marc Rodgers, NSRI Plettenberg Bay station commander, said: At 17h41, Monday, 07 October, NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty crew were activated following reports of medical assistance required at Robberg 5 beach for persons involved in a non-fatal drowning incident and reportedly on the beach.
The sea rescue side by side rescue vehicle and NSRI medical crew and rescue swimmers responded.
On arrival on the scene 3 persons, a Johannesburg father and son, and an adult female, from Johannesburg, were treated on the beach for non-fatal drowning symptoms and Medlife ambulance services were activated.
It appears that the father and son got into difficulty in the surf.
A husband and his wife, who are on holiday in Plettenberg Bay with the father and his son, intervened with the female launching into the surf to try to assist but she got caught in rip currents.
A bystander gave her husband an NSRI Pink Rescue Buoy that is stationed at that beach and he launched into the surf with the pink rescue buoy and was able to rescue his wife from the surf and the father and son were also able to get out of the water onto the beach.
The lady was transported to hospital in a stable condition by ambulance in the care of paramedics for observation for non-fatal drowning symptoms and she was kept overnight in hospital and she has since been released from hospital today.
NSRI medics transported the father and son to hospital as a precaution and following observations for non-fatal drowning symptoms they were released requiring no further assistance.
NSRI pink rescue buoys stationed around the coastline have been used in 46 successful surf rescues since the program was launched by NSRI in cooperation with local Municipalities.