Near drowning at Bantry Bay

A lifeguard and two bystanders saved a man who was swept out to sea at Bantry Bay on Sunday.

NSRI Bakoven, Table Bay and Hout Bay duty crews were activated following eye-witness reported they had seen a man in trouble in the water.

The NSRI Bakoven station.

According to NSRI Bakoven deputy station commander, David Rosenberg, a 35-year-old man, may have fallen into the water at Bantry Bay and had then been swept into the middle of the bay.

“A City of Cape Town lifeguard and two male bystanders launched into the water to assist. One of the bystanders had taken the pink rescue buoy that is stationed at Saunders Rocks and together with the lifeguard they were able to rescue the casualty to rocks along the shoreline and they pulled the casualty out of the water,” Mr Rosenberg said.

Paramedics attended to the man before he was transported to hospital by a Netcare 911 ambulance in a stable condition.

“The swift response by all emergency services is commended and the lifeguard and the two bystanders who rescued the man are commended for their efforts in saving the life of the man,” he said.

The pink bouy saves lives.