GEORGE NEWS - Two men were rescued by off-duty NSRI trainee crew members at Victoria Bay at approximately 16:45 on Sunday 9 June.
The crew members were swimming when they were alerted to the two men, both in their 20s, caught in the rip currents on the eastern side of the bay.
“One had managed to reach rocks and was in relative safety but exhausted with minor injuries, and his friend, who had gone into the water to try to assist him, was [being] swept towards the rocks and exhausted and in distress,” said NSRI deputy station commander, Mike Vonk.
“One of the NSRI trainee crewmen swam out to the man in distress and was able to swim him away from the rocks, keeping him afloat, and he swam him to the beach. Local surfers and the second NSRI trainee crewman assisted them out of the water.”
The two men, both tourists, were treated on the scene by NSRI Wilderness duty medic and ER24 ambulance services. One was treated for non-fatal drowning symptoms and the other for scratches and bruises sustained from the rocks.
Both were transported to hospital by ER24 ambulance and both have been released from hospital following treatment.
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