Bodyboarder rescues surfer at Hawaii’s Pipeline surf spot

9 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Bodyboarder rescues surfer at Hawaii’s Pipeline surf spot.

South African bodyboarder Andre Botha told The Associated Press that pro surfer Evan Geiselman’s eyes were rolled back in his head, his face was dark blue and his body was limp when he finally reached the 22-year-old Florida surfer, who fell while riding a big wave on Sunday. “I just remember his eyes sort of like rolling down from being back, and just sort of… just this blank look in his eyes, almost like he was looking through me,” Botha said. “I thought this guy was dead.” Photographer Matt Castiglione, who was filming Botha, captured video of the rescue. 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.

The large swell that passed through the region over the weekend prompted the National Weather Service to issue high surf warnings for the region, saying waves from 30-40 feet were expected. 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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