Drowning prevented

To the rescue

29 August 2019 | Local News


The bravery of a young man saved two youngsters from drowning at Langstrand, near Walvis Bay.

Cameron Stevens (21), assisted two teens from nearly drowning on Sunday afternoon at Langstrand.

“Shortly after arriving at the beach, we realized the two teens were in danger. We heard the girl shouting for help," he recounted.

Cameron without hesitating I took off his clothes and ran into the water. He managed to bring the girl to safety with the help of his friend Kyledon van Neel and returned back to the water to help the second person (the cousin of the girl he saved) in distress.

Two of his friends Donovan O’Brien and Linzy Jarmo also tried assisting but became tired.

At that time, the current had swept away the boy deeper into the ocean.

"He kept asking for help as I was swimming towards to him. I tried to calm him down while my friends on the beach were shouting instructions to me on what to do. The current pulled him towards to the beach and safety, while I was left me at the mercy of the ocean.”

Stevens said that he can’t remember much about the time he struggled to stay afloat in the ocean.

“My friends told me I went under the water for a good few minutes, re-surfaced and floated. I prayed to God asking him to take me if it’s my time or to help me if it’s not.”

When he reached the shoreline Jamiel Muller and Kyledon pulled him to safety. He was admitted to the hospital for the night and discharged on Monday. O’Brien was also admitted to the hospital and discharged the next day.

“The first thing I did after I was safe on the land was to thank God. For me this is a second chance and a clear indication that my purpose on earth is not yet fulfilled."

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