Surfer honored for saving a fellow surfer

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High honors for a professional bodyboarder on Thursday.

He was recognized by the city for his heroic rescue of another waterman earlier this month.

South Africa native Andre Botha was surfing at Pipeline when he noticed surfer Evan Geiselman run into trouble in the pounding surf.

“He just wasn’t coming up and my mind kept thinking he was going to come up. Something just kicked in at some point and that’s when I realized I got to go help him out,” said surfer Andre Botha.

Botha sprung into action and brought Geiselman to shore, and lifeguards were able to resuscitate him.

EMS crews then rushed him to the hospital in critical condition.

Geiselman is still recovering, but is alive thanks to Botha and the quick actions of first responders.

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