Wedding photographer abandons bride and groom at beach to save drowning boyBy Mason White 11:21 AM December 1, 2015
By: Mahesh Sarin
A photographer in South Africa, was hailed as a hero after saving a young boy from drowning.
Chantelle Botha, 31, of KwaZulu-Natal, spent fifteen minutes performing Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the child before beach lifeguards took over.
Botha, who is a wedding photographer, was busy taking photos of a marriage ceremony when she spotted the drowning boy.
Botha said that she did not see any adults around. She witnessed two boys trying to pull the drowning 5-year-old boy from the water.
The incident unfolded just as the couple was about to say “I do.” She told her two colleagues that she will be back soon and ran to help the child. “I just dropped my camera and ran,” Botha said.
Botha said that when she reached the boy and he had no pulse. After doing CPR, she felt a weak pulse. She continued caring for the child until emergency workers arrived at the scene.
The child was taken to a hospital, and thanks to Botha’s life saving efforts, the child is recovering.
This is the first time Botha performed CPR on a person. She said that she learned first aid skills by attending courses and watching her husband, who is a paramedic in Margate.
When the child was taken away from the beach, Botha went back to her job. “I worked at the reception afterwards as if nothing happened,” she said.