Wednesday, July 01, 2015

A woman in hospital after she fell down an illegal goldmine in Nelspruit

Jaimie-faith Poonah
01 July 2015

A 51-year-old woman is currently in a critical condition in hospital, after she fell down an illegal goldmine on a plantation near the White River Sabie Road in Nelspruit earlier today.

ER24 Spokesperson Russel Meiring said ER24 paramedics as well as SAPS search and rescue were alerted to the incident and immediately responded to the plantation.

Meiring said once on scene, ER24 paramedics were shown to the illegal mine shaft where the woman had fallen into.

“Er24 paramedics and SAPS began setting up their specialised rescue equipment that they would use to lower a paramedic down the 15 metre shaft. Once the paramedic was lowered into the shaft, it was found that the patient lying on her back was in a serious condition. Assessments showed that the patient had sustained serious injuries and fractures to both her upper and lower legs.” Meiring added.  

Meiring said paramedics treated the patient and provided her with advanced life support treatment and brought her to the surface where an awaiting ER24 ambulance had transported her to Mediclinic Nelspruit for further urgent medical treatment


The exact details of the cause of the incident will remain the subject of a police investigation. 

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