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Two local teenage surfers played a vital role in saving a man’s life this week; the teens aged 13 and 14 saw the man in distress and pulled him ashore.


Knysna, South Africa (12 November 2021) – The NSRI Knysna station commander, Jerome Simonis, commended two local surfers for helping save a man from a potential drowning this week.

Jerome shared that the incident took place at 16h56 on Wednesday, 10 November 2021. The NSRI Knysna duty crew were activated after receiving a call that there was a drowning in progress at Murphy’s, Buffalo Bay. The spot is a popular surfing beach.

The Knysna team launched their sea rescue craft Jaytee IV, the rescue swimmers, and the NSRI duty doctor. The ER24 ambulance services and the Knysna Fire and Rescue Services were also called to attend the rescue.

Jerome shared that a local man, age 24, was found on the beach on arrival on the scene. He had been rescued by two of the local surfers, aged 13 and 14.

“It appears that the 2 teen surfers, while surfing at Murphy’s, witnessed the man in difficulty in the water and they intervened and were able to get the casualty to the shore.

The casualty was attended to on the scene by our NSRI doctor and by the ER24 paramedics and as a precaution he was transported to hospital by ER24 ambulance in a stable condition for observation for non fatal drowning symptoms.”

The NSRI Knysna team commended the teens for their actions and for saving a life. The NSRI is a multi-faceted sea (and inland water) rescue institute that relies on volunteers and donors.

They work tirelessly to save lives, and if you would like to support them or learn how to become involved, you can do so via the website here.

Sources: NSRI – Supplied
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