Tourist is rescued after a fall while hiking in Plett

Robbie Gibson, NSRI Plettenberg Bay deputy station commander, said:

At 13h23, Tuesday, 11th September, NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty crew were activated following reports of a female suffering injuries following a fall on the Robberg Nature Reserve hiking trail.

Our NSRI medical crew responded by road and hiked to the scene to join Plettenberg Bay Nature Conservation officers who had also responded and the sea rescue craft Ray Farnham and Free Runner were launched to respond to the sea side of Robberg Nature Reserve.

MCSA (Mountain Club of South Africa) medics also responded to assist.

The woman, from Israel, on holiday in Plettenberg Bay and hiking with her husband and son, was found on The Wild Side of The Point and she had sustained a laceration above her eye and right arm and right shoulder injuries from an approximately 3 meter fall from a ledge on the hiking trail.

The AMS/EMS Skymed rescue helicopter was placed on alert and following medical treatment on the scene we immobilised and secured the patient to trauma board as a precaution and with the patient in a stable condition and in good spirits it was decided to transport her to our sea rescue base aboard our sea rescue craft Ray Farnham.

With the patient loaded onto our sea rescue craft Ray Farnham on the beach in calm seas the patient was transported to our sea rescue station in Plettenberg Bay and a Med-Life ambulance transported the patient to hospital in a stable condition and hospital staff have taken over treatment and the patient is reportedly recovering well.

NSRI thank the fellow hikers that stopped to help, Plettenberg Bay Nature Conservation officers, MSC medics, Med-Life ambulance services for their assistance and the Skymed rescue helicopter that was readied to come to assist if required.

The husband and their son hiked out of the reserve with the rescue crew and they are reunited with the patient in hospital and she has been wished a speedy recovery and wished l’Shanah Tovah for Rosh Hashanah.

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