8-year-old girl survives near drowning after being hit by 'freak wave'
Lifeguards rescued an eight-year-old girl after she was struck by a freak wave while playing on a rock at Westbrook Beach, north of Durban.
The community emergency response team said it received a call about a near drowning at 9.15am on Sunday.
“Upon arrival it was established that a young female - about eight years old - was playing on the rocks when a freak wave struck resulting in her being swept of the rock.
“Thankfully, quick action by the lifeguards resulted in a successful rescue.”
The child was assessed by paramedics before being transported to hospital.