Netcare911 has confirmed that the patient is stable and recovering. A good news story. Well done.
John Nicholas, NSRI Port Edward station commander, said: At 12h20, Saturday, 28th November, NSRI Port edward duty crew were activated following reports from Tower 13 lifeguards at Port Edward Main Beach that they were entering the surf to rescue a teenager being swept out to sea in strong Spring Tide rip currents.
NSRI Port Edward responded to the scene while two Tower 13 lifeguards used the strong Spring Tide rip currents to reach the teenager quickly, 50 meters off-shore, and the teenager was brought to the beach unconscious and not breathing. NSRI medics and Tower 13 lifeguards initiated medical resuscitation efforts on the teenager.
During resuscitation efforts spontaneous breathing was restored and the patient regained consciousness.
Netcare 911 ambulance services arrived on the scene and they have transported the teenager to hospital in a serious but stable condition, accompanied by his sister.
It appears that the teenager is part of a church group visiting the beach when while swimming he was swept out to sea by strong rip currents.