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Young woman in Cape Town saves a swimmer where 3 men had failed

Year 1925

Read by Esha from Queen’s College – Supporter, Royal Humane Society

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Wintle, Mary C.A., Miss., Student, Clifton-on-Sea, Cape Town.

About 4 p.m. on the 20th January, 1925, a lady, Mrs. Elisabeth Van der Velde, on entering the water at Clifton-on-Sea, Cape Town, for her usual swim, was seized with cramp and quickly carried seaward for a distance of fully 250 yards. There was a strong wind blowing, with rough sea, heavy backwash, and strong current running out.

Three men put on lifebelts and swam out, but owing to the current were unable to reach her, and were themselves for some time in a position of the utmost difficulty.

Miss Wintle, a young student of 18, entered the water without a lifebelt and succeeded in reaching Mrs. Van der Velde, whom she managed to bring back to the breakers, where help was given in actually landing her.

Miss Wintle ran great risk of being carried out to sea, and from cramp, the water being very cold.

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