NSRI Save Man from Surf in JBay
NSRI Jeffreys Bay lifeguards, having completed a routine training exercise at Pellsrus Beach on Monday(17th Sept) evening noticed a commotion on the beach front and went to investigate.
A crowd had gathered and were raising concerns and attempting to encourage a man to safety who while sitting on rocks close to the water’s edge, the man had entered the surf and appeared to be out of his depth and in difficulties.
NSRI lifeguard Luzuko Mkubeni and Ettiene van Gent, NSRI Jeffreys Bay station 37 Lifesaving Unit Captain went into the surf while the NSRI trainee lifeguard Craig Sampson ran to the NSRI sea rescue station to fetch fins and a rescue torpedo buoy and to raise the alarm.
Ettiene and Luzuko were able to reach the man in the surfline and bring him safely to the shore where the SA Police Services patrol officers had arrived on the scene.
The local adult male, aged in his mid-20’s, was taken into the care of the Police officers and he has been reunited with his family who also arrived on the scene and no further assistance was required.
“It was by coincidence that we were there in that moment having earlier changed plans from training at the Marina to rather training at the beach and we commend the members of the public who raised the alarm on the beach alerting us to this incident’ said Ettiene after the rescue..