GEORGE NEWS - A 16-year-old boy who had been body boarding, and his dad, got into trouble at Victoria Bay this morning.
Both father and son were rescued by members of the NSRI in Wilderness.
According to Garth Dominy, NSRI Wilderness station commander, they received eyewitness reports of persons in difficulty in the surfline at Victoria Bay at 11:15 this morning.
On arrival, they discovered that the teenager had lost his body board after his leash snapped. At that stage, the conditions at sea was rough, with 4 to 5m breaking swells.
“The teenager’s father donned fins and had swum out to sea to assist his son. A surfer, who we believe was surfing nearby at the time, went towards the two, advising them to swim out to sea to get out of the pounding wave line,” said Dominy.
“NSRI crew on the beach, with the knowledge that the sea rescue craft had launched and was on her way to the scene, also indicated to the father and son to swim further out to sea to beyond the breaker line to get themselves out of harm’s way.”
According to Dominy, the father and son swam further out to sea to beyond the breaker line. “They were separated from each other behind the breaker line which was almost a kilometer off-shore,” he said.
The sea rescue craft Clemengold Rescuer was launched, and both the teenager and his father were rescued and brought safely ashore at Wilderness beach.
“The father and son were unharmed and they required no further assistance,” said Dominy.
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