Four teenagers, aged between 14 and 19, saved a 17-year-old swimmer in distress at Checkers Beach, in Jeffreys Bay this weekend.
It is reported that a brother and sister, from Hankey, were swimming when they were swept out to sea by a rip current. Emergency officials were alerted to the incident at 16:10 on Saturday, 6 February.
According to NSRI, by the time the emergency officials arrived on the scene, the 17-year-old female, had been successfully returned to the safety of the beach by the stellar teamwork of the four local teenagers.
The mother of the victims had approached Lisa Stumpf (19) and Megan Johnson (14) who were close to the incident. The visibly distraught woman told the girls that her son and daughter were being swept out to sea.
Lisa and Megan spotted the two in the surfline and immediately alerted Abbygail Janse van Rensburg (14) and Lisa’s twin sister Karla Stumpf (19).
Abbygail is the daughter of a founding member and former station commander of NSRI Jeffreys Bay, Rieghard Janse van Rensburg.
The girls sprung into action
Thinking fast and without hesitation, they raised the alarm alerting NSRI and the emergency services. Lisa handed Abbygail a body-board to act as a floatation device instead of running a hundred meters down the beach to fetch the NSRI pink rescue buoy.
The report states that Karla put on a pair of flippers and together Abbygail and Karla swam 100 meters out to sea. When they reached the girl they used the body-board for floatation and together Abbygail and Karla assisted the girl to float and then they guided her through the breaking surf safely to the beach.
The brother had managed to return to shore safely. He did not sustain any injuries.
“The casualty teenager was showing signs and symptoms of a non-fatal drowning and she was treated by paramedics in an ambulance before being released in good health requiring no further assistance,” read the report.
The four heroes were commended by the NSRI combined efforts that contributed to saving the life of the teenager.