Sara Jane Smith, NSRI St Francis Bay station commander, said:
At 16h03, Thursday, 27th June NSRI St Francis Bay duty crew were activated following reports of a drowning in progress off-shore near the popular surf spot Granny’s Pool and drifting towards off-shore of Annes Avenue.
Our sea rescue craft Spirit of St Francis II was launched and our NSRI rescue swimmers responded to the scene where a 22 year old Cape Town female surfer was caught in rip currents after it appears that her hair got caught in the surfboard leash causing her to be dunked under water during a wave set and then on surfacing being swept out to sea by a rip current.
On arrival on the scene we found the casualty in severe distress and on our sea rescue craft we negotiated 4 meter swells in breaking dumping wave sets to reach the casualty caught in the wave sets and a rip current and in between 2 waves we quickly rescued her onto the sea rescue craft which we negotiated out of the wave sets to safety and the casualty was brought safely to shore.
The surfer was assessed for non-fatal drowning symptoms and did not require immediate medical attention and she would consult a doctor later if non-fatal drowning symptoms developed.
NSRI commend our NSRI St Francis Bay coast watchers and the eye-witnesses who called in the emergency swiftly as it developed in the surf line and the swift response of the rescue crew who ventured into the big breaking wave sets in the surf line aboard the sea rescue craft to recover the casualty in trying conditions.
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