NSRI in Hout Bay kept busy

Taken from NSRI.org.za,

Hout Bay volunteers, Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services and the SA Police Force responded, at 12h28, to Hout Bay Main Beach following reports of two children in difficulties in the water.
On arrival a 9 year old boy was treated for near drowning symptoms and hypothermia and a Metro EMS ambulance was summoned. Two boys, a 9 year old and a 7 year old, both from Imizamo Yethu, had been rescued from the water by a local stand-up paddle boarder, who had spotted the children in difficulties in the water. It appears that they had both been swept out to sea by strong rip-currents while swimming.

Because of traffic congestion and an urgent need to get the 9 year old boy, who was in a critical condition, to hospital the Metro EMS Skymed helicopter was summoned and he has been airlifted to hospital by Skymed in a stable but serious condition.

The 7 year old was released by paramedics on-scene, he was in a satisfactory condition, and released into the care of Law Enforcement officers who will attempt to track down the children’s parents.

It appears that both children were swimming at the beach with no parental control or adult supervision. Brad Geyser, NSRI Hout Bay station commander, has requested beach patrol officers, through the local ‘Watchcon’ ADT and neighborhood watch, to caution bathers, at Hout Bay Main Beach, of the strong rip-currents that prevail there.

NSRI is urging caution on the beaches. Rough sea conditions and strong rip-currents prevail. We are also urging the public to be particularly cautious at beaches adjacent to river mouths and adjacent to beach outcrops (where rocks, islands, piers and harbour walls jut out into the sea). These places often have strong rip-currents.

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