- Warrant Officers Brakkies Breedt and Michael Korasi, from the Northern Cape, have been hailed as heroes
- They rescued a 17-year-old boy from the Warrenton Weir and found that he had stopped breathing
- They managed to resuscitate him and get him on an ambulance to hospital
Two police officers in the Northern Cape heroically rescued a 17-year-old man from drowning on New Year's Day.
The South African Police Service (SAPS) shared the story on its Facebook page, Briefly.co.za gathered.
The young man was swimming with a friend at the Warrenton Weir at around 11am when the incident happened.
Warrant Officers Brakkies Breedt and Michael Korasi, from the Northern Cape SAPS Search and Rescue/Diving unit, were called to the scene.
They retrieved both men from the water and found that one of them had stopped breathing. They managed to resuscitate him before calling an ambulance.
The victim is now reportedly stable at the Warrenton Hospital.
South Africans on social media praised Breedt and Korasi for their heroic effort. Bonny Sonnenberg wrote:
Was at the scene the exact time it happened. The Officers Mike and Brakkies were absolutely in control and saved this mans life. Well done!!
Wimpie Fourie also said:
As an Advanced Life Support Paramedic, I want to say WELL DONE WO Brakkies Breedt and WO Korasi. The first part of the chain of survival is quick, effective CPR, and this shows again that basics save lives. Well done!!!!
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