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SEA RESCUE – Brenton On Sea – Wednesday, 15th July. Teenager injured sand boarding:
Jerome Simonis, NSRI Knysna station commander, said:
'At 13h30, Wednesday, 15th July, NSRI Knysna duty crew were activated following a request for assistance from a guide of Sand Boarding Tours reporting a 13 year old Knysna male injured while sand boarding on the beach between Brenton On Sea and Buffalo Bay.
'We launched our sea rescue craft JOLEN and COLORPRESS RESCUER and our sea rescue vehicle responded and ER24 ambulance services were activated.
'High tide was coming in so rather than risk taking our sea rescue vehicle along the beach to the location of the incident, half way between Brenton On Sea and Buffalo Bay, and possibly be cut off at high tide, instead the two sea rescue craft beached at the location where our NSRI medics stabilised and splinted a knee injury suffered by the teenager while sand boarding on the beach.
'It was suspected that the teenager had suffered a dislocation or fracture of his left knee which was splinted and secured by our NSRI medics as a precautionary measure and we then carried the teenager, secured to a stretcher, about a kilometre along the beach to Brenton On Sea where an awaiting ER24 ambulance and paramedic crew took over treatment and they transported the teenager to hospital in a stable condition for X-Rays and further treatment.
'NSRI confirmed later with the teenagers family that he has suffered torn ligaments to his left leg and he is in a stable condition being treated for the injury in a Knysna hospital.'
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