A 21-year-old man was saved from near drowning at Robberg Beach, Plettenberg Bay on Tuesday, October 2.
According to Deon Truter, NSRI station commander, it appears that the young man had been working in the area and had taken a swim at lunchtime.
He got into difficulty in the surf, but was fortunately spotted by an architect who was doing a site visit at the time and alerted the NSRI.
The NSRI Plettenberg Bay volunteer duty crew responded to the scene aboard Airlink Rescuer. Upon their arrival at the scene, the young man had already been rescued from the surf and brought ashore by bystanders, including construction workers from a nearby building site.
The NSRI stabilised him on the scene and treated him before he was transported to the Plett Medi-Clinic by ambulance for observation for secondary drowning.
The NSRI warns that the sea is in Spring Tide for the remainder of this week, brought on by the full moon on September 30. This means higher than normal high tides, lower than normal low tides and stronger than normal rip-currents prevail. Bathers, and anglers are urged to be cautious.