Vi­si­tors res­cue gi­rl from rip cur­rent

George Herald - - News - K­ris­ty Kol­berg

Two vi­si­tors from Cen­tu­ri­on be­ca­me in­stant heroes af­ter they sa­ved a gi­rl from dro­w­ning in Wil­der­ness last F­ri­day af­ter­noon. Fat­her and son, Hen­ri­co (51) and Ja­den Del­port (16), who we­re on ho­li­day with fa­mi­ly, we­re on the be­ach w­hen Ja­den no­ti­ced so­meo­ne being swept out to sea.

Ac­cor­ding to Mi­cha­el Vonk, de­pu­ty sta­ti­on com­man­der of NSRI sta­ti­on 23 in Wil­der­ness, Ja­den im­me­di­a­te­ly rus­hed in­to the surf and star­ted swim­ming to­wards a fe­ma­le teen­a­ger who was being pul­led out to sea. "His dad, anx­i­ous for both his son's sa­fe­ty and the sa­fe­ty of the gi­rl, grab­bed an NSRI pink res­cue bu­oy po­si­ti­o­ned at the en­tran­ce of the be­ach and ran in­to the wa­ter. By then Ja­den had re­a­ched the gi­rl who had been pul­led out half way to­wards the back li­ne," Vonk said.

The gi­rl was exhausted from fig­hting the cur­rent w­hen Ja­den re­a­ched her. He tried pul­ling her back to­wards sho­re but the rip cur­rent was too strong to swim a­gainst.

"Hen­ri­co ar­ri­ved just in ti­me and pas­sed the gi­rl the pink res­cue bu­oy to hold on­to whi­le they pul­led her sa­fely to sho­re."

The NSRI ha­ve not been a­ble to get the de­tails of the gi­rl, but eye-wit­nes­ses, Ja­den and his dad, Hen­ri­co, ga­ve this ac­count of the in­ci­dent.

Ja­den points to the a­rea w­he­re he saw the gi­rl in the surf. INSET: Ja­den Del­port and his dad Hen­ri­co at the pink bu­oy they u­sed to sa­ve the gi­rl from dro­w­ning.

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