Two teen holidaymakers saved from drowning on KZN south coast

15 April 2019 - 11:09 By SUTHENTIRA GOVENDER
The NSRI's pink buoys have saved numerous lives since being installed at 300 dangerous swimming spots in 2017.
The NSRI's pink buoys have saved numerous lives since being installed at 300 dangerous swimming spots in 2017.
Image: NSRI/Berend Maarsingh NSRI Knysna

Two teenage holidaymakers had to be rescued - along with the man who tried to save them from drowning - after being caught in rip currents on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast.

Kevin Fourie, station commander of the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) in Rocky Bay, said they had received a call for assistance at around midday on Saturday.

"There were reports of people in distress in the surf," he said.

An NSRI rescue team joined local lifeguards to assist the two teenagers.

"On arrival on the scene, we found local dive charter owner Gareth Salmond had used an NSRI pink rescue buoy [stationed at the beach] to rescue a male and a female, aged in their late teens. They are believed to be on holiday in the area."

Fourie said a bystander who had entered the water to help the teens was also rescued by Salmond after encountering trouble.

No injuries were recorded.


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