Non-fatal drowning

Andre Fraser, NSRI Mossel Bay station commander, said:  At 17h01, Friday, 20 March, NSRI Mossel Bay duty crew were activated following eye-witness reports of a drowning in progress at Kleinbrak River, Main Beach.

The sea rescue craft St Blaze Rescuer was launched and NSRI rescue swimmers and By Grace ambulance services responded.

An NSRI rescue swimmer arrived on-scene first to find a man who had been swimming was approximately 100 meters off-shore in the surfline after being caught in rip currents and he was being swept out to sea.

Our rescue swimmer suited up and carrying a rescue floatation device he launched into the surf and reached the man securing him using the floatation device and then swimming him safely to shore through the surfline.

At that stage additional NSRI crew and our sea rescue craft were arriving on the scene and the 60 year old man, from Randfontein, was treated for hypothermia before By Grace paramedics checked on the man but he required no further assistance after being re-warmed.

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