Evan Geiselman suffered a three-wave hold down at Pipeline and was rescued unconscious from the water by Andre Botha and the North Shore lifeguards.
Geiselman, 22, was free surfing a big day Pipe.
In his last ride, he wiped out inside the barrel and didn't surface. South African bodyboarder Andre Botha spotted Evan and kept him above the water.
A few moments later, the lifeguards swam to the athletes and brought Geiselman to shore. He was immediately assisted and taken to the hospital.
The two-time world bodyboarding champion was praised for saving Evan's life.
Early reports from friends at the hospital tell us that Evan Geiselman is stable and recovering well. Apparently, he is going to be okay. Near-drowning accidents can happen to anyone. And there are a few things you can do to save lives.
"Andre Botha was my guardian angel today! The support has been overwhelming! I can't thank everyone enough who saved my life today," expressed Evan.
"I am forever grateful. Love you all and everyone who's been worried about me. I'll be back soon. Love these people more than words can describe who hasn't left my side for a second."
"It makes me so happy that Evan Geiselman is doing well and throwing a Shaka! What a strong young man!" added Andre Botha.
"Thank you so much to everyone for all the support and encouragement. I am 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 every day and don't get the recognition and pats on the back that they deserve."
"Thank you, North Shore Lifeguard Association. You guys are the true heroes! Thank you everyone for your kindness. Lots of love!"
You should never carry out chest compressions on a drowning victim unless no pulse is detected. The most important thing is not getting water out of the lungs but providing oxygen. So rescue breaths are critical.
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