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Two children rescued after being caught in rip currents at Jeffreys Bay beach

Apr 2, 2019
Two children rescued after being caught in rip currents at Jeffreys Bay beach

An NSRI Jeffreys Bay lifeguard, surfing in the area, managed to rescue the children, who were being swept out to sea

Port Elizabeth - Two children, aged eight and 10, were transported to hospital following a non-fatal drowning incident at a Jeffreys Bay beach on Monday.

According to Rieghard Janse van Rensburg, National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) Jeffreys Bay station commander, at 13h35, on Monday, the NSRI Jeffreys Bay duty crew were activated after receiving reports of a male and a female injured at Point Beach following a non-fatal drowning accident.

"An NSRI Jeffreys Bay crew member, who is also an NSRI Jeffreys Bay lifeguard, surfing in the area at the time, had responded to assist the two children," described Janse van Rensburg.

"They were being swept out to sea by rip currents."

He said that, together with members of the public, the NSRI Jeffreys Bay lifeguard was able to get the children to nearby rocks and then recovered both of them to the beach.

Children transported to a Jeffreys Bay hopsital for treatment

That is when the alarm was raised.

"Our NSRI rescue vehicle, Gardmed ambulance services and Eastern Cape Government Health EMS responded," Janse van Rensburg said.

"On arrival, on the scene the children, female (aged 8) and male aged (approximately 10), both local children, were treated for non-fatal drowning symptoms."

He said that they have been transported to hospital in stable conditions by ambulance for further treatment and they are expected to fully recover.

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