Surfer rescues tourist from drowning

An Eastern Cape surfer saved a British tourist from drowning last week‚ the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said on Sunday.

“NSRI Wilderness duty crew were activated following reports of a drowning in progress at Wilderness Main Beach‚” the NSRI said.

It received the report on Friday afternoon‚ around 5:15pm. But on arrival of the team‚ a local surfer had already rescued the man who was in trouble.

“On arrival we found local surfer Phillip Crankshaw had rescued an adult male British tourist from the surf after the tourist had been caught in rip currents while swimming.

“The [tourist] was transported to hospital by ER24 ambulance in a stable condition as a precaution for treatment and observations for non-fatal drowning symptoms.”

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