Two teenage spearfishermen rescued off Port Edward

NSRI Port Edward wild coast sun RescuerPicture: / Sea Rescue

TWO teenagers had a narrow escape after experiencing difficulties offshore while spearfishing off Port Edward Beach yesterday (Sunday).

NSRI Port Edward duty crew were activated yesterday afternoon following eye-witness reports of the two spearfishermen washing up against rocks.

John Nicholas, NSRI Port Edward station commander, said it appeared the two were swept towards the rocks by rip currents while spearfishing together.

“One had managed to get out of the water onto rocks unassisted while the other was caught in swells and being washed up against the rocks,” he said.

“We dispatched our NSRI rescue swimmers and NSRI medics directly to the scene and Kwazulu-Natal Private Ambulance services and Netcare 911 ambulance services were activated,” said Mr Nicholas.

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On arrival at the scene they found a 19-year-old man, a local spearfisherman, had managed to pull himself up onto rocks and they were able to take him to safety on the beach.

He was treated him for non-fatal drowning symptoms and for mild hypothermia.

His friend was found safely out of the water on the rocks and he was not injured.

On their arrival paramedics continued with medical treatment and the teenager was transported to hospital, and is expected to make a full recovery.


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