- Two young men who rescued a drowning man on New Years Day claim they are not heroes
- The young men acted without thinking and saved the man's life
- The men, Dewald and Hannes, say anyone would have reacted as they did
The two young men who saved a drowning man on Blauuwberg beach in Cape Town earlier this year, as Briefly.co.za reported, claim that their actions were not heroism but compassion, and thank God for providing them with the strength and opportunity to rescue the drowning man.
Dewald Van der Westhuizen, 22, and Hannes Swart, 22 claim that they are not comfortable being lauded as heroes, despite their courageous actions.
"There are many people who dive in and help others. I expect my fellow man to do the same for me," said Hannes. Dewald added that the real heroes are those who save people’s lives on a daily basis.
The young men spotted a man struggling to keep afloat in the ocean and instinctively ran towards the water, knowing that there weren’t any lifesavers around.
Concerned that nobody was assisting the man, they took off with such haste that Dewald forgot to take off his socks.
Another beach-goer who noticed that the boys were rushing to save the man, handed them a life buoy and a body board and the boys were on their way, reported News24.
Dewald, who is a trained lifeguard, said that the current was "extremely strong” and he and Hannes struggled against the rough waves.
When Hannes and Dewald reached the man, they were able to pull him safely to shore and ensured the man was safely in the hands of the paramedics.
Onlookers and beach-goers rushed to praise the pair as they reached the shore.
Hannes and Dewald had initially planned a trip to Hout Bay or Sea Point with their girlfriends to celebrate the New Year, but as fate would have it, they ended up on Blauuwberg beach, placing them in the right place at the right time.
Dewald and Hannes say they know that God provided them with the strength to rescue the man. The pair joined their girlfriends in prayer after the incident, thanking God for keeping everyone safe.
Hannes says he would only have done one thing differently : "I wished I had the opportunity to tell the man that Jesus loves him."
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