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Port Alfred boys are local heroes after rescuing mother from drowning

Dec 22, 2016
Port Alfred boys are local heroes after rescuing mother from drowning

Two young boys, Kyle Lax and Nathan Austin, have been commended for the bravery they showed on Wednesday as they both fearlessly went into the water and rescued a woman from drowning in Port Alfred.

According to police spokesperson, Captain Mali Govender, whilst police were conducting beach patrols, a young boy approached the Port Alfred SAPS Cluster Commander, Brigadier Morgan Govender, and informed him that his mom was drowning and that he must please help save his mom.

"All emmergency services were alerted. Two young boys, who were in the vicinity asked for permission to assist and went into the water.

"They reached the victim, who could still be seen from the beach. The two boys stayed with the victim until the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) arrived.

"The victim was taken to a local hospital and stabilised. She was  later transported to a hospital in pe. Her condition remains critical."

Images: Brigadier Morgan Govender thanks and commends  Kyle Lax (on the left) and Nathan Austin for the  bravery shown as they both fearlessly went into the water to assist and stay with the victim until NSRI arrived.

In a statement, NSRI Port Alfred Station Commander, Juan Pretorius, said that at 14h09 on Wednesdaytheir duty crew responded aboard the sea rescue craft Rescue 11 Alpha following reports of a drowning in progress at West Beach.

"Guardmed ambulance services, Holistic ambulance services, the SA Police Services and Ndlambe environmental beach officers also responded. Our sea rescue craft arrived on the scene to find a 40 year old woman from Danfurn, Johannesburg, swept out to sea by rip currents," described Pretorius.

"Two teenagers ,who have just finished matric at Port Alfred High School (one of them is believed to have been the Head Boy) had reached the casualty and they were assisting her to stay afloat using a body board and a rescue torpedo buoy.  They were 300 meters off-shore when our Sea Rescue craft arrived on the scene.

"NSRI took the woman, in a serious condition and showing signs and symptoms of non-fatal drowning, aboard our Sea Rescue craft. The two teenagers confirmed that they were fine and NSRI raced the lady to the Port Alfred Marina where ambulance services took over care and she has been transported to hospital in a serious but stable condition.

"We then returned to collect the two teenagers, Nathan Austin and Kyle Lax, and we took them ashore and we have commended them for their rescue effort."