Coast KZN

19 Oct 2016

Close call at Alkantstrand

Dave Savides (Zululand Observer)


Lifeguard hero saves woman being swept out to sea

Swift response from a city lifeguard saved an elderly woman from being dragged out into the raging sea off Alkantstrand on Sunday afternoon.

The woman had reportedly been sitting in shallow water, apparently praying, when a wave swept around her and she found herself being dragged helplessly seawards in the rip current.

Her heavy clothing made her attempts to regain her footing and avoid drowning even more difficult.


But her unsaid prayers were answered when veteran lifeguard, Daniel Lubanyana, raced into action.

‘I had been keeping an eye out along that section of beach, even though bathing had been banned owing to dangers associated with spring tides.

‘I saw her get into difficulties and reacted immediately, sprinting down to the beach and diving into the water.

‘By the time I got to her she was about 30 metres from the shore, out of her depth and battling against powerful white water that would certainly have given her no hope of survival,’ said Daniel.
‘I was able to pull her back to safety and although she was absolutely drained of energy, she did not require any medical assistance.’

While Daniel modestly referred to the incident as ‘a routine help-out’, there was no doubt among witnesses that he had saved her life.


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