At 17h59 (Wednesday, 13th November) NSRI Wilderness crew were activated following reports of a man being swept out to sea at Wilderness main beach, in front of our sea rescue boathouse.
Our NSRI Wilderness volunteer sea rescue duty crew responded to prepare to launch our sea rescue craft while our rescue swimmers responded directly to the beach. WC Government Health EMS also responded.
On arrival we found 70 year old Bengt Carnhagen, from Sweden, safe on the beach but suffering from exhaustion and near drowning symptoms.
It appears that while swimming with friends he had been caught in a rip current but had managed to get back to the beach safely unassisted.
He has been transported by EMS ambulance to hospital in a stable condition for observation for secondary drowning.