Bodyboarder rescues surfer at Hawaii’s Pipeline surf spot

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. A handful of men – including two of his great Aussie mates _ can thwart Fanning’s bid for a fourth world crown at the end of a year he will never forget.

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. Brazilian trio Filipe Toledo, Adriano De Souza and reigning world champion Gabriel Medina can all prevent Fanning’s fairytale finish to the year at Pipeline. 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. So too can good mates Owen Wright and defending Pipe Master champion Julian Wilson from Australia. “I know exactly what I have to do in terms of making a few heats if someone doesn’t,” Wilson said. “For me it’s going out there and winning the event. 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!”

With this contest there’s just so many guys fighting for a World Title and it’s so amazing to see their level of surfing. “I’m really happy to see all these guys fighting with me to win it.

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