Bodyboarder recounts dramatic rescue at Pipeline

9 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Bodyboarding champion saves pro surfer from drowning off Hawaii coast.

A South Africa bodyboarding champion has been praised for saving the life of a professional surfer who almost drowned after a wipeout off the coast of Hawaii. Two-time world bodyboarding champion Andre Botha found the surfer, Evan Geiselman, unconscious in the water off Oahu’s Ehukai beach on Sunday morning, Hawaii News Now reported. “His face was a dark blue, almost purple. His eyes were rolled back and his body was completely limp,” Botha said. “The first thing that went through my mind at that point was that he was dead.” Botha attempted to resuscitate Geiselman while trying to swim to shore.

Safety officials estimate that the pair traveled about 300 yards (275 meters) before other surfers and lifeguards reached them. “All the oncoming waves crashing on him, he was able to just hold on to that surfer’s body and help until we got there and got to him. It was amazing,” said Capt Vitor Marcal of the Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services Division. “Words cannot describe how thankful I am for everyone coming together and acting so quickly,” Eric Geiselman said in a post on Instagram that showed a picture of his brother in his hospital bed. “We had guardian angels yesterday!”

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