Lifeguards and team members from IPSS Rescue in Ballito have been hailed as heroes after they saved a Pretoria man from drowning at Clarke Bay.


IPSS Medical Rescue spokesperson Paul Herbst said the man was swimming in the surf when a rip current swept him out to sea in the late afternoon.

A member of the public alerted KwaDukuza municipality lifeguards.

“A holiday-maker from Pretoria got into difficulty at Clarke Bay beach late this afternoon after he became stuck in a rip current and was swept out to sea. The man was spotted by a member of public who alerted KDM lifeguards and IPSS Medical Rescue.”

“The two lifeguards, Xolani Ngubani and Ben Mthimkhulu, entered the water without hesitation to perform a 15 minute long rescue.”

The swimmer was assessed by IPSS Medical Rescue and was found to have escaped injury.

“We caution all beachgoers go swim at protected beaches,” Herbst said.

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Sources: IPSS Rescue

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