Monday, December 31, 2007

Five rescued from drowning

By Tina George
31 December 2007

On Saturday the Sea National Rescue Institute responded to a call in Soetwater near Kommetjie where five men were reported to be struggling in the surf.

“A swimmer had gotten into difficulty when a small row boat came to his assistance with 2 men on-board. They picked him up but then capsized in big rough surf,” says National Sea Rescue Insitiute spokesperson Craig Lambinon.

A further two men, a father and son, swam out to assist, but also got into difficulties. Lambinon added that all five people made it to shore safely prior to NSRI rescue craft arriving on-scene and that four were taken to hospital in stable but serious conditions.

“They were treated for hypothermia and near drowning symptoms but are all recovering well. The fith male was not injured,” says Lambinon.

Report any sea rescue emergency to 082 911.

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