03 June 2005

NSRI rescuers rush to boogie-boarder's aid

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) at Plettenberg Bay went to the rescue of a young boogie-boarder after he apparently had a seizure in the surf.

Matthew Sink-Craven, 17, of Plettenberg Bay, is recovering in the Knysna Private Hospital.

The NSRI was called shortly before 3pm, said station commander Ray Farnham.

It was suspected that Matthew had had some sort of seizure in the water. When the NSRI reached him he was on the beach, confused and disorientated.

He was treated for secondary drowning. This condition, which can kill some time after the actual incident in the water, occurs because water is left in the lungs.

"It appeared he had swallowed a lot of water. He is undergoing further treatment and tests to determine the cause of the suspected seizure," Farnham said.

Source: www.iol.co.za


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