PORT ALFRED: At 09h54, Sunday, 29th June, NSRI Port Alfred volunteer sea rescue duty crew were activated following reports of a jet-ski capsized off-shore of East Beach.
Our NSRI volunteer sea rescue duty crew launched our sea rescue craft Rescue 11A and responded. We found a couple, Andrew Droussiotis, 25, and Shayna Phillpou, 23, of Sandton (Johannesburg) had managed to swim safely ashore while holding onto the jet-ski and they required no further assistance. They have arranged to recover their jet-ski.
EAST LONDON: At 12h30, Sunday, 29th June, NSRI East London volunteer sea rescue duty crew were activated following reports of a lady sustained injuries after falling from her horse on the beach at Cove Rock.
It appears that the lady, riding horses with three friends, had shortly before been bucked off her horse and although she had injured her chin she got back on the horse and was bucked off again and sustained back and neck injuries.
Esther Wallace, an ex rescue medic, who is the wife of NSRI volunteer (also a rescue paramedic with EC Government Health EMS) Leonard Wallace, was with the ladies and she raised the alarm and stabilised the patient, Valerie Streicher, 29, from East London.
When our NSRI rescuers arrived on the scene, on a soft beach that an ambulance would not reach, we secured the patient on a trauma board and activated the EC Government Health EMS rescue helicopter.
We loaded the patient onto the back of our sea rescue vehicle and drove along the beach to a secure area where we set up a landing zone.
On the arrival of the helicopter at Cove Rock the patient was loaded into the helicopter and airlifted to the Beacon Bay Life Care hospital where she is receiving further treatment.