Teenager rescued at Dappat se Gat, Western Cape
National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) Gordons Bay were activated to reports of a drowning in progress at Caves, Dappat se Gat, near to Koegel Bay, at 15h12, on Friday, 14 December 2018. The City of Cape Town Water Rescue Network (NSRI, CoCT Fire and Rescue Services Dive Unit, Western Cape Government Health Emergency Medical Services (EMS) rescue squad, CoCT Pro Lifesaving, CoCT Law Enforcement Marine Unit, Cape Town Surf Lifesaving clubs, South African Police Services (SAPS) Dive Unit, Private and Volunteer ambulance services, were alerted. The AMS/EMS Skymed rescue helicopter was placed on alert.
Koegel Bay CoCT Pro Lifesaving lifeguards confirmed that they were on the scene and a 17 year old male had been rescued from the water by an off duty Big Bay Blouberg Surf Lifesaving lifeguard and only medical assistance and ambulance were required.
GB Med ambulance services and EMS ambulance responded and a 17 year old male, from Somerset West, suffering non-fatal drowning symptoms, was transported to hospital in a serious but stable condition where he is recovering.
It has been confirmed that off-duty Big Bay Blouberg Surf Lifesaving lifeguard Djebbe Hiscock, 17, who is recovering from a recent kite-boarding accident, was at Caves, Dappat se Gat, with his girlfriend and her sister, Lauren and Julia Robb, both 17, both are Strand Surf Lifesaving lifeguards, they were out for the day tanning and swimming, when they noticed two male teenagers in difficulty in heavy surf conditions.
One of the teenagers had managed to get back closer to shore and seemed to be okay and standing in chest deep water and he was able to exit the surf unassisted but the second male was caught in rip currents and Hiscock grabbed the NSRI Pink Rescue Buoy that is stationed at that beach and he swam out and reached the 17 year old teenager who was barely conscious and Hiscock was able to swim him safely to shore using the pink rescue buoy.
Hiscock admits that it was touch and go, when he reached the teenager, who was barely conscious, he treated the situation as if the casualty was an unconscious victim, (what lifeguards train for constantly), the casualty teenager was too weak to hold onto the rescue buoy and Hiscock hooked his arm under his shoulders and across his chest using the rescue buoy for floatation, admitting that the pink rescue buoy contributed extensively to saving the day and in the big surf conditions and a confused sea state it took all his training and all his effort to get the casualty teenager safely to shore.
On reaching the shoreline Hiscock got the teenager out the water and placed him in the recovery position. The casualty teenager started to cough up and vomit water and at that stage Hiscock was confident that the teenager would survive.
By chance Koegel Bay CoCT Pro Lifesaving lifeguards were patrolling along the coast at the time and approaching Dappat se Gat and when Hiscock got the teenager to shore they had arrived on the scene and they assisted Hiscock treat the casualty teenager with medical treatment and medical oxygen was administered until GB Med ambulance and EMS ambulance arrived and GB Med ambulance transported the teenager to hospital.
The teenagers family have expressed extreme gratitude to Hiscock for his actions in saving the life of their son and the CoCT Water Rescue Network have commended Hiscock for his actions.