NSRI has updated details surrounding an incident at Noordhoek Beach, Cape Town, on Sunday, 6 September.
A Hout Bay family were at Noordhoek Beach on Sunday.
The father, Alex Martin, and his 2 sons, Adam, 9, and Jake, 10, were body boarding at Noordhoek corner when they were swept away by strong rip currents.
Both boys lost their body boards while being caught in rip currents and the dad was able to reach one son and using his body board for floatation he managed to get the boy safely towards a sandbank and towards waist deep water.
At that stage Nick Ornellas and his wife Jess Ornellas-Brand arrived on the beach and they were alerted by bystanders of the family in difficulty in the surf.
Nick paddled out on his body board and was able to locate the father and son near to a sandbank where they were able to stand.
Nick put the child onto his body board and between Nick and the dad they all waded out of the water to safety.
Alex wife, Danni, swam out and was able to reach the second boy and she swam him safely to shore.
Once they reached the beach Nick and Jess assisted the family on the beach before NSRI and CMR (Cape Medical Response) paramedics assisted the family with medical treatment on their arrival on the scene.
NSRI are grateful to hear that the family are doing well and recovering from their ordeal.
NSRI commend the parents for rescuing the 2 boys and NSRI commend Nick for assisting in the rescue and we commend Jess for her assistance on the beach.
The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) is the charity organisation that saves lives on South African waters – both coastal and inland. Our goal is to prevent drowning through rescue operations, education and prevention initiatives.
Operating from base stations along the SA coastline, and on inland dams, our rescue volunteers are on call, at all hours, every day of the year. Our rescue crew receives no payment and neither do we charge the people we rescue.
We visit schools around the country, teaching children about water safety. Our drowning prevention measures include our online training academy, with free courses for crew and the public, emergency signage, Pink Rescue Buoys for emergency flotation, rescue swimmers, lifeguards, and active patrols during peak seasons.
Our organisation is totally reliant on donations and sponsorships. This enables us to do the work of saving lives, changing lives, and creating futures.
You can do your bit to assist. Please visit www.nsri.org.za for more information.
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