Cape Town surfer makes lucky escape from rip currents

Picture: iStock

Picture: iStock

The 22-year-old was caught in rip currents and it appeared that her hair got caught in her surfboard leash.

A female surfer was treated for non-fatal drowning symptoms after getting her hair entangled in the leash of her surfboard at St Francis Bay, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said on Friday.

NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon said the St Francis Bay duty crew were activated on Thursday following reports of a drowning in progress off-shore near the popular surf spot Granny’s Pool.

Lambinon said the 22-year-old Cape Town surfer was caught in rip currents and it appeared that her hair got caught in the surfboard leash causing her to be dunked underwater during a wave set.

On surfacing, she was swept out to sea by a rip current.

“On arrival on the scene we found the casualty in severe distress and on our sea rescue craft we negotiated four-metre swells in breaking dumping wave sets to reach the casualty caught in the wave sets and a rip current and in between two waves we quickly rescued her onto the sea rescue craft which we negotiated out of the wave sets to safety and the casualty was brought safely to shore.”

Lambinon said the surfer was assessed and did not require immediate medical attention.

– African News Agency

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