Swimmer saved after being caught in rip currents in Margate

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STATEMENT BY JEREMIAH JACKSON, NSRI SHELLY BEACH STATION COMMANDER:

At 09h10, Thursday, 19th March, NSRI Shelly Beach duty crew were activated to reports of a drowning in progress at Margate Beach Club Resort.

NSRI Shelly Beach rescue swimmers, SA Police Services and Police Search and Rescue, Medevac ambulance services and local lifeguards responded.

On arrival on the scene a male and a female, believed to be aged in their early 20’s, were found safe out of the water after being caught in rip currents while swimming and they had reached the beach and safety without assistance and they were not injured.

Lifeguards launched their rescue inflatable craft and reached a 21-year-old local male in the surfline who was caught in rip currents and who was being swept away into deeper water.

Lifeguards rescued the man onto their rescue craft and he was brought to shore where paramedics treated the man for non-fatal drowning symptoms and transported the man to hospital for further medical care.

The swift response to this incident and the precision rescue efforts by the local lifeguards is commended.

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