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28 July 2011

Fisherman evacuated off fishing boat off-shore of Shelly Beach

NATIONAL NEWS - Mark Harlen, NSRI Shelly Beach station commander, said:

"At 07:08 (28th July, 2011) NSRI Shelly Beach were activated following reports to Shelly Control of a male suffering from a back injury, on the commercial fishing boat HAKUNAMATATA, allegedly sustained when the boat, carrying a crew of 10, was reportedly hit by a large wave, in the wave line, while launching through the surf to go to sea.

"Our sea rescue Shelly Beach volunteers launched our sea rescue craft CALTEX CHALLENGER and Netcare 911 ambulance service was activated.

"On arrival on-scene, 1 nautical mile off-shore of Shelly Beach, in 4 meter rough sea swells, our sea rescue medics treated (approximately aged 30) Jacque Fourie, from Gauteng, for lower back pain. Jacque was stabilized and secured and immobilized onto a trauma board and C-Spinal immobilized and brought to shore aboard our sea rescue craft where he was handed into the care of Netcare 911 paramedics and he has been transported to a local hospital in a stable condition by a Netcare 911 ambulance for further treatment.

"At the same time Jacques father, Johan Fourie, was treated for shock believed to have been sustained during the same incident (where it is believed a large wave caused the boat to land hard in the water during a launch through the surf). Johan was also transported to hospital in a stable condition, with his son, by Netcare 911 and accompanied by Joost Fourie (Jacques brother) who was also brought ashore during the rescue operation. They are all from Gauteng.

Released by NSRI Sea Rescue Communications.