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South African lifeguard save lives in KwaZulu-Natal

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South African lifeguards have been praised for saving hundreds of lives over the last month or so.

One lifeguard told how he rescued a jet skier who fired flares after his machine lost power past shark nets. Lifeguard Slater Rudling told the South Coast Sun website, “While stationed at the Subway Beach stretch, a jet ski lost its power past the shark nets. The man set off flares to call for help. I used a knee board and paddled out to where the driver was. I then called for assistance from Warnadoone and in no time a boat was there to get the man and his vehicle to safety.”

Other lifeguards described how they helped rescue children from drowning and even chased a bag-snatcher who pulled out a knife. Thankfully, police arrived quickly and caught the thief.

To thank local lifeguards in KwaZulu-Natal, management at the eThekwini beach in Durban held a breakfast for all 33 seasonal lifeguards at beaches between Isipingo and Umkomaas over the festive season. It took place on Amanzimtoti Main Beach at the appropriately-named Lifesavers Pub n Grill.

Cllr Andre Beetge praised eThekwini’s lifeguards. “They went over and above with their duty requirements by not only being lifeguards who constantly monitored the booming beaches, but babysitters to lost children, paramedics in their roles as the first responders to the scene and even law enforcement officers when crowds of beachgoers got out of control.”

The 33 lifeguards assisted with 178 rescues where people were revived, 500 rescues from the water and located more than 500 missing children, who were returned to their parents. The image is from the Lifesavers Pub n Grill Facebook page.

Feb 06, 2018