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Frenchman rescued in Plett

Jul 20, 2017
Frenchman rescued in Plett

A visiting Frenchman is to undergo surgery after being being rescued by a National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) crew in Plettenberg Bay.

"At 17h22, on Wednesday, the NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty crew were activated following reports from a Chinese man that his friend, a 53-year-old Frenchman, had fallen and suffered a fracture to his right leg while they were hiking on the Robberg Nature Reserve trail," said Robbie Gibson, NSRI Plettenberg Bay deputy station commander.

"They are on holiday in Knysna.

"Our NSRI Plettenberg Bay rescue crew and medics responded and hiked to the injured man and he was found to be suffering fractures to his right Tibula and Fibula sustained in a fall while hiking on the trail."

Gibson said that the patient was stabilised and splints were applied to the fractured leg and he was secured into a Stokes basket stretcher and hiked out of the reserve.

"We were met by Med-Life paramedics while hiking to the Robberg Nature Reserve car park and on arrival at the car park the patient was transported to hospital by ambulance in a stable condition where he is to undergo surgery and he is expected to fully recover," he said.

Picture: By NSRI Plettenberg Bay - NSRI rescuers carrying the stretcher towards the car park at Robberg Nature Reserve.