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Girl rescued from drowning in Wilderness

Once again a NSRI Pink Buoy was used to rescue a person from drowning. The drama unfolded on Wilderness Beach on Friday 5 October 2018 when a young girl was swept out to sea in a rip current.

Jaden Delport, a 16 year old boy from Centurion on holiday in Wilderness with his family, noticed the girl being swept out to sea in a rip current and immediately rushed into the water and started swimming towards the casualty.

Concerned for the safety of his son and the girl. Jaden' father, 51 year old Henrico grabbed the NSRI Pink Rescue Buoy situated at the entrance to the beach and rushed to the aid of his son and the victim.

By that stage Jaden had reached the casualty who had been pulled out some distance half way towards the backline. Jaden found her to be exhausted from fighting against the current and she was struggling to swim and struggling to stay afloat. He tried pulling her back towards the shore but the rip current that they were in was too strong and he couldn’t swim against it. He then tried to just push her towards the beach in the breaking surf.

Henrico arrived and passed her the Pink Rescue Buoy and, holding onto the strap, he helped to pull her towards the shore. They reached a sand bank and once on the sandbank the breaking surf, breaking over the sandbank, pushed them onto the beach.

The girl was exhausted and reunited with her family. After onlookers gathered she was whisked away and she left the beach with her family.

NSRI have not been able to get the details of the girl but interviewed eye-witnesses, Jaden and Henrico.

As this rescue started to unfold, a member of public, Casey, 27, from Cape Town, and a regular visitor to Wilderness called the emergency telephone number on the Pink Rescue Buoy sign board.

NSRI commend Jaden, Henrico, and Casey for this tremendous effort to save this girl’s life.

This is the thirteenth time a NSRI Pink Rescue Buoy was used to save a life.


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