British women’s golf star Charlotte Austwick nearly drowned during a night swim in the sea with a fellow player and her caddy in South Africa.
The terrified pals were swept offshore by a rip tide off Marina Beach close to the San Lameer Country Club venue for the South African Sunshine Ladies Tour.
Charlotte, 27, from Tadcaster, Yorkshire, survived thanks to diners and the manager of nearby Mariners Seafood Restaurant who heard the swimmers screaming for help.
Rescuers reached the trio as they neared total exhaustion in deadly currents which regularly cause drownings off South African beaches.
The Brit – a professional golfer who competes in tournaments around the world -was saved by locals with torches who sprinted into the sea 90 miles south of Durban.
Rescue service chiefs praised diners who risked their own lives, swimming 80 metres into the fast-flowing water to save the swimmers in the nick of time.
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Charlotte tweeted – with a crying face emoji – after the drama: “When you sit alone and think….and realise just how fortunate you’ve been!
“Guys who helped us, you are amazing people.”
But pal Adam Walker replied with cheeky dig at the joke, tweeting: After the recent ordeal if she ends up in a water hazzard I’d like to apologise in advance for my jokes/actions!”
Charlotte was recovering with pals last night after precautionary checks in hospital.