Sunday, July 05, 2015

NSRI called out to rescue three people on a cut off rock

Jaimie-faith Poonah
05 July 2015

The National Sea Rescue Institute Wilderness duty crew were activated following eye-witness reports of three people on a rock cut off by the spring high tide, at Pacaltsdorp, near to George, in front of the Blue Whale Resort.

NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon said a man and his son, including a friend of their's, have been fishing from the rock.

Lambinon added that a spring high tide came in and cut them off from the main land.

“NSRI Wilderness duty crew brought them one by one across in relays. Once they were all safely across and back on main land, they were treated for mild hypothermia and released requiring no further assistance.” Lambinon concluded.    

Meanwhile a taxi driver was killed and the driver of a bakkie had to be airlifted to hospital following a collision on the R38 direction Kaapmuiden in Mpumalanhga this morning.

ER24 spokeswoman Chitra Bodasing said when ER24 paramedics and other services arrived on scene they found that the taxi had rolled.

“The taxi driver was flung out of the taxi during the incident. He was found trapped under the taxi which had overturned. The taxi driver was assessed. Unfortunately he had succumbed to his injuries.” Bodasing said.

Bodasing added that he was 46 years old.

“The driver of the bakkie was trapped in his vehicle as well. Fire and Rescue Services used the Jaws of Life and other rescue tools to extricate him. He was assessed and found to be in a critical condition, he sustained multiple injuries. Paramedics treated him. He was airlifted by the ER24 DoH MPU helicopter to hospital for further medical care. There were no passengers in the taxi or bakkie.” Bodasing concluded.

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

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