GEORGE NEWS - Mike Vonk, NSRI Wilderness deputy station commander, said the NSRI Wilderness duty crew and WC Government Health EMS were activated following reports received by NSRI EOC (Emergency Operations Centre) just after 11:00 of a local 61-year-old male who was injured following a fall on the rocks at Wilderness beach.
“Our NSRI sea rescue vehicle, our NSRI ATV (All-Terrain Vehicle), and an EMS rescue squad and an EMS ambulance responded. On arrival a man was treated for serious injuries sustained after he fell on slippery rocks on the shoreline.”
Vonk said the man was secured into a Stokes basket stretcher and transported off the beach in their sea rescue vehicle and taken to hospital by EMS ambulance in a serious but stable condition.
Vonk said at 16:00 on Wednesday, two off-duty NSRI trainee crew members, who are also local lifeguards, were on the beach after body boarding at Victoria Bay, when they saw an adult man caught in rip currents and being pulled out to sea.
“The trainees grabbed the NSRI pink rescue buoy off the pink rescue buoy pole positioned on the beach and one of the trainees scaled the rocks before launching into the surf. He swam out to the man and used the buoy to assist the man to float. He then guided the man safely to shore. The swimmer was unharmed.”
The trainees then showed the man the location of the rip currents and the safe swimming area at Victoria Bay beach and no further assistance was required.
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