Ross Badenhorst, NSRI Plettenberg Bay deputy station commander, said: At 04h58, Friday, 06 December, NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty crew were activated following reports of a drowning in progress at Central beach.
NSRI rescue swimmers responded and on arrival on the scene no persons in difficulty could be found.
On investigation it was confirmed that a male bystander had used an NSRI Pink rescue buoy, stationed at Central Beach, to assist a man who had been in difficulty in the surfline and both were safe out the water.
NSRI commend the bystander who went into the surf to assist and we commend the bystanders who used the information on the Pink rescue buoy signboard to raise the alarm.
Then, at 07h11, with NSRI rescuers on the scene for the initial call, a surfer was spotted by fishermen in difficulty in the surf at The Gap, on the Robberg Peninsula, in heavy 6 foot sea swells and appearing to be attempting to paddle out of danger but caught in rip currents.
The sea rescue craft Free Runner was launched and reached the surfer, a local 22 year old male, 700 meters off-shore, and took him onboard and brought him safely to shore and once safely ashore he required no further assistance.