Darren Zimmerman, NSRI Simonstown station commander, said: “At 11h54 (Saturday, 24th August) NSRI Simonstown volunteer sea rescue duty crew were activated following reports of a diver run over by a boat at Millers Point and reportedly suffering laceration injuries.
“According to the boat skipper they were motoring along about 200 meters off-shore of Millers Point when a diver suddenly appeared from under the water without warning. The skipper swerved to try to avoid the diver but the boat propellers ran over the man lacerating his arm and bruising his torso. The skipper of the boat rescued the diver while activating NSRI and emergency medical services.
“Our NSRI Simonstown volunteer sea rescue duty crew prepared to launch our sea rescue craft and CMR (Cape Medical Response) ambulance and CMR response paramedics responded.
“On arrival on-scene the man was treated for lacerations to his arm and chest bruising and he has been transported to hospital by a CMR ambulance in a stable condition.
“The diver, a 54 year old man from Bellville, believed to be with the SA Navy in Simonstown, had been spearfishing from a boat with two friends and they reportedly had a floatation dive marker buoy but this appears to have gone unseen by the boat skipper. He is receiving sutures in hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.”