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Teach your guests about ocean safety

Owners and managers of hotels and guest houses are urged to ensure that holidaymakers in The Garden Route are equipped with the necessary knowledge on basic ocean safety and knowledge of what to do when caught in a rip current. Residents entertaining family and friends during visits are also urged to share the importance of coastline safety with their guests.

This after a 66 year old man narrowly escaped death after being swept into the ocean at Glentana Beach on Tuesday 5 December 2017.

The victim, a foreign tourist, was swimming together with a family member when eye witnesses noticed the man going deeper and deeper into the ocean. According to one eye witness, the man appeared to be panicking. The man was seen trying to swim against the current and disappearing under the water at times.

Two eye witnesses ran towards the parking area from where they alerted emergency services, while 3 boys raced to the aid of the man. Using a surfboard as flotation device, the man was lifted from the water onto the surfboard. The boys then swam alongside the surf board towards the shoreline.

Eden911, Mossel Bay Fire Services and other rescue services arrived at the scene within minutes and treated the victim for symptoms of non-fatal drowning and shock.

After 30 minutes of treatment and observation, the man was able to leave the beach accompanied by his family.

The man is expected to make a full recovery and he commended all involved in saving him from a watery grave.



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