CAPE TOWN: 22-YEAR-OLD FEMALE SURFER RESCUED AFTER HER HAIR GOT CAUGHT IN SURFBOARD LEASH...

At 16h03, Thursday, 27th June NSRI St Francis Bay duty crew were activated following reports of a drowning in progress near the popular surf spot Granny's Pool and drifting towards Annes Avenue.

Our sea rescue craft Spirit of St Francis II


was launched and our NSRI rescue swimmers responded to the scene where a 22 year old Cape Town surfer was caught in rip currents.

It appears that her hair got caught in the surfboard leash causing her to be dunked under water during a wave set and then on surfacing being swept out to sea by a rip current.

On arrival on the scene we found the casualty in severe distress. Our crew on board our sea rescue craft


negotiated 4 meter swells in breaking waves to reach her. We quickly rescued her onto the sea rescue craft and negotiated the boat through the sets to bring her safely to shore.

She was assessed for non-fatal drowning symptoms and did not require immediate medical attention and said she would consult a doctor later if non-fatal drowning symptoms developed.

NSRI commend our NSRI St Francis Bay coast watchers and the eye-witnesses who called in the emergency swiftly as it developed in the surf line and the swift response of the rescue crew who ventured into the big breaking wave sets in the surf line aboard the sea rescue craft to recover the casualty in trying conditions.

Sara Jane Smith

NSRI St Francis Bay Station Commander

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