As reported by SURFER, Floridian pro surfer Evan Geiselman nearly drowned on Sunday after being knocked unconscious while surfing at Pipeline in Hawaii. Now, as reported by SURFING, a new video has emerged showing the heroic efforts of professional bodyboarder Andre Botha, who realized Geiselman was in trouble and immediately came to his rescue. (Warning: This video contains profane language and isn’t for the faint of heart.)
Botha’s efforts have been credited with saving Geiselman’s life.
The video, which shows Botha swimming out to Geiselman’s limp body, helps illuminate just how much effort Botha had to put into saving the surfer and how much risk he took on to do so.
As he attempts to pull Geiselman to safety, Botha has to fight off intense currents that would draw both he and Geiselman back out into the surf impact zone, while also dealing with crashing whitewash that keeps pouring over Geiselman’s unresponsive body.
Yesterday, Botha visited the 22-year-old surfer in the hospital:
It makes me so Happy that @evangeiselman is doing well and throwing a Shaka! What a strong young man! Thank you so much to everyone for all the support and encouragement… For taking the time to express heartfelt Thank You’s. I really appreciate all the Love. Not sure I’m worthy of such praise but for once in my life I can honestly say that I’m proud to be a human being. I also think it’s important to thank all the people that are saving lives everyday and don’t get the recognition and pats on the back that they deserve. Thank you @northshorelifeguardassociation you guys are the true heroes! Thank You everyone for your kindness. Lots of love‼️ @eric_geiselman
Botha wasn’t the only one stoked that Geiselman was feeling better, as the surf community rallied to support Geiselman on Twitter:
— Jordy Smith (@jordysmith88) December 8, 2015
Evan Geiselman I’m so glad you’re still with us. Hang in there! This incident at Pipe was so heavy and… https://t.co/lg5b8oEiuE
— Tia Blanco (@tia_blanco) December 7, 2015
Had tears in my eyes watching the raw footage of Andre Botha saving @Evangeiselman ‘s life at pipe yesterday. What a champion bloke !
— Luke Munro (@lukemun) December 8, 2015
— Mick Fanning (@Mick_Fanning) December 7, 2015
— Caio Ibelli (@CaioIbelli) December 6, 2015
Geiselman is expected to make a full recovery.
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