HIKER RESCUED IN PLETT

Deon Truter, NSRI Plettenberg Bay station commander, said: At 15h30, Thursday, 14th January, NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty crew were activated following a request for assistance from Cape Nature Conservation officers for a 46-year-old Port Elizabeth man fallen and injured his right knee while hiking at the Robberg Nature Reserve trail with his son.

We launched our sea rescue craft Leonard Smith and Discovery Rescue Runner and WC Government Health EMS responded. On arrival on the scene, we sent rescuers ashore and they hiked approximately 3 kilometers to reach the casualty who was treated for an injured right knee.

The AMS/EMS Skymed rescue helicopter was activated but due to fog restrictions limiting the aircraft from approaching the scene a helicopter rescue operation was aborted and we secured the injured man into a stretcher and assisted by EMS paramedics the rescue teams carried him to the shore where he was floated out to our sea rescue craft secured into our floating stretcher and taken aboard the sea rescue craft.

He was brought to our sea rescue base aboard our sea rescue craft and transported to hospital in a stable condition by EMS ambulance. The man is expected to make a full recovery.

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