Marc de Vos, NSRI Table Bay duty coxswain, said:
At 11h38, Tuesday, 26th December, During an NSRI safety interview with ENCA TV News, on Camps Bay Beach, NSRI crew standing on the pump house at Camps Bay Beach, where the interview was taking place, noticed a male in difficulty in the surf by rocks in the surf about 30 meters off-shore of Camps Bay Beach.
3 NSRI sea rescue craft were in Camps Bay at the time on a routine patrol – The NSRI Bakoven sea rescue craft Rotarian Schipper and NSRI Table Bay sea rescue craft Spirit of Vodacom and Spirit of Day.
Our sea rescue craft Spirit of Day diverted to investigate and arriving on the scene we found a local teenager in between the rocks with his head disappearing under water.
An NSRI rescue swimmer was deployed from the sea rescue craft into the surf and the teenager was secured and swum away from the rocks by the NSRI rescue swimmer.
A second NSRI rescue swimmer was deployed into the surf and the teenager was taken aboard the sea rescue craft and then transferred onto the beach where NSRI paramedics treated the teenager for non-fatal drowning symptoms and hypothermia.
A WC Government Health EMS ambulance was activated and the teenager recovered following medical treatment and he has chosen to go with family to a clinic near to their home.
The teenager said he had tried to swim to the rocks but currents around the rocks prevented him from climbing onto the rocks and he grew too exhausted to continue swimming.
The NSRI rescue effort intervened and rescued him from the water.
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