7 December, 2015 7 December, 2015

Durban’s Andre Botha Praised for Pipe Rescue

Durban’s Andre Botha has been praised for his role in rescuing pro surfer Evan Geiselman (USA), who was left unconscious and in a life-threatening situation following a heavy wipeout at Pipeline on Sunday.

Evan’s heavy wipeout and brave rescue by Andre Botha.

The two-time Bodyboarding world champ was the first to reach the unconscious Floridian in the impact zone, and paddled Evan to the beach while administering rescue breaths. Andre was met by lifeguards in the shore break, who took over and resuscitated Evan at the Beach Park, before rushing the goofyfoot to Queens hospital for recovery.

“Thanks to everyone, especially Andre, he was truly Evan’s guardian angel,” said Evan’s brother Eric Geiselman. “Everyone responded so heroically and our family cannot thank them enough. Today we are very blessed to still have Evan with us.”


  1. Peter Hoelandt
    7 December, 2015 at 10:57 am · Reply

    This is so heavy!! Super impressive lifesaving work by Andre Botha!!

  2. djseamus
    7 December, 2015 at 1:35 pm · Reply


  3. 4man
    7 December, 2015 at 1:46 pm · Reply

    Good one Andre’ ….Da Boyz from Durban are proud of you.

  4. Super hero
    8 December, 2015 at 2:03 pm · Reply

    So this is how the true waterman spirit should be ..be there for each other…forget what you ride ….cause you cant be choosy when knocked senseless. Well done Andre.

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