School pupil rescued from JBay surf

A school pupil from Pretoria was rescued from the sea at Jeffreys Bay this morning by two bystanders.

But from a distance some eye witnesses thought a multiple drowning was in progress.

According to NSRI Jeffreys Bay station commander, Rieghard Janse van Rensburg, at 9.52 am this morning NSRI Jeffreys Bay volunteer sea rescue duty crew were activated following reports of a multiple drowning in progress at the Ashton Bay Beach next to the Seekoei River Mouth.

NSRI Jeffreys Bay volunteer sea rescue crew launched a sea rescue craft and NSRI mobile units responded.

On arrival on-scene it was confirmed that a Grade 6 female learner from Pretoria had been rescued from the water by two bystanders, Pieter Kruger, from Benoni, on holiday in Jeffreys Bay and a local Jeffreys Bay business man, Glen Buchner.
When all three people, the casualty and her two rescuers were in the water it gave the impression to eye-witnesses that it was a multiple drowning incident.

The patient was treated for minor symptoms of near drowning and was released into the care of her family in a satisfactory condition.