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Visiting American man nearly drowns in Jeffreys Bay

Jan 30, 2017
Visiting American man nearly drowns in Jeffreys Bay

A 28-year-old man from the United States escaped unharmed after reportedly nearly drowning at Jeffreys Bay on Sunday morning.

According to Rieghard Janse van Rensburg, the National Sea Rescue Institute's (NSRI) Jeffreys Bay station commander; "At 10h22, Sunday, SRI Jeffreys Bay duty crew were activated following reports of a drowning in progress at Albatros Beach, Kabaljous."

The Kouga Water Emergency Action Group was also initiated and an NSRI rescue swimmer, nearby to the scene at the time, responded.

"On arrival on the scene a 28 year old male, from Florida, United States of America, was found on the beach," described Janse van Rensburg.

"He had reportedly been on an SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) when he got into difficulty and was reportedly in the water for some time before being rescued by a bystander, a local, David Allan.

"Private Care ambulance services and the EC Government Health EMS ambulance had also responded and the man was treated by paramedics for non-fatal drowning symptoms and the man did not require further assistance and he was released into the care of his family."