STATEMENT BY NSRI SHELLY BEACH STATION COMMANDER JEREMIAH JACKSON:
At 18h00, Sunday, 01 April, NSRI Shelly Beach duty crew were activated following eye-witness reports of a drowning in progress at Uvongo.
A man was caught in a rip current and he was being swept out to sea.
While preparing to launch a sea rescue craft NSRI alerted Shelly Control to see if any local boats may be in the vicinity.
Shelly Control diverted the commercial fishing boat Must Bite 6 who were in the area at the time and they arrived on the scene and they were able to rescue a 33 year old local man from the water and they brought the man to our sea rescue station at Shelly Beach.
Treatment for non-fatal drowning symptoms was initiated at our sea rescue station.
Hibiscus Med-Evac ambulance services were summoned and they have transported the man to hospital in a stable condition and he is expected to make a full recovery.
Shelly Control and the crew of Must Bite 6 are commended for their efforts.