NSRI Jbay warns parents after teenager saved from drowning at Magna Tubes

JULY 5, 2016

A teenager, from Welkom, is expected to fully recover after he was rescued from drowning by Australian surfers visiting Jeffreys Bay.

"At 14h45, on Monday, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) Jeffreys Bay duty crew were activated following reports of a drowning in progress at Beach Break, Magna Tubes, Jeffreys Bay.

"My wife Eidie Janse van Rensburg had noticed a child appearing to be in difficulty in the surf and she immediately activated our NSRI Jeffreys Bay duty crew but very shortly thereafter that child came out of the water and he was screaming out that his friend had disappeared under water," said Rieghard Janse van Rensburg, NSRI Jeffreys Bay station commander.

"The missing child had not been noticed before this alert.

"While responding to the scene eye-witnesses (again my wife Eidie, who called us) reported that the child, who had reportedly disappeared under water, a 15 year-old male, from Welkom, had been rescued from the surf by three Australian surfers."

It appears that the three Australian surfers, Mitchell Ellis, Nate Searle and Luca Stevenson, had come across the teenager in the surf breaker line and they had grabbed the teenager and together they had managed to bring him onto the beach and Eidie, by now on the beach and finding the teenager to be in a serious condition, requested urgent medical assistance.

"We dispatched our sea rescue vehicle to the scene and on arrival our NSRI medics commenced medical treatment to the teenager who showed signs of non-fatal drowning symptoms, hypothermia and exhaustion," described van Rensburg.

"We placed the teenager on Oxygen, a heated blanket and an emergency space blanket were applied and the EC Government Health EMS arrived on the scene and they have transported the teenager by EMS ambulance to hospital in a stable condition for observation for secondary drowning and for continuing medical treatment.

"The teenager is expected to fully recover and everyone involved, the three Australian surfers, who rescued the teenager from the surf and members of the public for their assistance, are commended for their actions today."


NSRI ARE URGING THE PUBLIC TO BE CAUTIOUS AROUND THE COASTLINE. TODAY IS THE PEAK OF THE NEW MOON SPRING TIDE, MEANING A HIGHER THAN NORMAL HIGH TIDE, A LOWER THAN NORMAL LOW TIDE, AND STRONGER THAN NORMAL RIP CURRENTS WILL OCCUR AROUND THE COAST FOR THE NEXT 4 TO 5 DAYS. PARTICULARLY BECAUSE OF THE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS AND WARM SUNNY DAYS AHEAD WE ARE URGING THE PUBLIC TO BE AWARE OF THE SPRING TIDE AND TO BE EXTREMELY CAUTIOUS AROUND THE COAST.