South Africa may just have it’s youngest ever hero. It’s all thanks to the sharp reactions of Cameron Badenhorst. The boy, aged six, spotted that all was not well in the ocean at Plettenberg Bay.
As reported by eNCA, Badenhorst noticed three children far out at sea. They were visibly struggling. He had the presence of mind to run to the on-site National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) base at Hobie Beach, and tell staff what he’d seen.
High drama at Plettenberg Bay
Rescue swimmers immediately sprung into action, and managed to get the children – two nine-year-olds and a boy aged 11 – back to dry land.
Marc Rodgers is the NSRI Plettenberg Bay station commander. He blamed the boys’ predicament on the rip tides. Speaking to the media after the incident, he was full of praise for Cameron, and helpful members of the public.
“Cameron Badenhorst, a six-year-old local male child, noticed the drowning in progress happening in the surf in front of the lifeguard tower and he ran to our nearby NSRI sea rescue base to alert NSRI. They dispatched rescue swimmers to the scene and alerted the lifeguard.”
“On arrival on the scene, we found members of the public and a lifeguard assisting three children out of the water… Our sea rescue swimmers assisted to get the children out of the water. They were placed on oxygen and treated for non-fatal drowning symptoms by NSRI medics. Med-Life ambulance services were then activated.
“The children had been swept out to sea by rip currents they got caught in after incoming waves prevented them from being able to stand in the surf line. They were caught by the rip currents. Cameron’s quick reaction in alerting us, and the members of the public that assisted, are commended for their actions.”
Keep the NSRI in mind
Not all heroes wear capes. But they do all know how to act in a scary situation. Cameron Badenhorst was the coolest head in Plet, and he can be very proud of his Sunday at the beach.