Young rescuer honoured at NSRI awards

BY CHARL BOSCH - AUGUST 19, 2015

A 14-year old Grade eight pupil from George has become one of the youngest recipients to be awarded by the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI), after his attempt at saving an apparent drowning man was caught on camera earlier this year.

Oakdale schoolboy Devon Dodd walked away with the Waterwise Academy Recognition Award at the NSRI’s annual AGM awards in Camps Bay on Monday evening, after rescuing the yet as unidentified man from a rip current at Buffalo Bay on April 27th.

The subsequent photos of Dodd helping the man onto his surfboard and paddling to shallower waters, later went viral on social media.

In addition, Port Elizabeth lifesavers, Daniel Heimann and Stephen Van Den Berg received a Bronze Gallantry Award for rescuing surfskier, Clinton Hempel, who had been knocked from ski while paddling with friends near Sardinia Bay on November 1st last year.

 

IMAGE sourced from Milly Adams on Facebook / eNCA