Tuesday, 29 January 2013

SEA RESCUE – MILNERTON – Monday, 28th January, 2012. Paddler transported to hospital hypothermic

Rhine Barnes, NSRI Melkbosstrand station commander, said:

"On Monday, 28th January, at 15h09, NSRI Melkbosstrand volunteer sea rescue duty crew were activated following reports of a paddler on a canoe in difficulty off-shore of Milnerton in the vicinity North of the Milnerton Lighthouse.

"Our NSRI Melkbosstrand volunteer sea rescue duty crew launched our sea rescue craft and our sea rescue vehicle responded and the WC Government Health EMS were activated.

"On arrival on-scene we found 24 year old Christiaan Beyers, from Louvenstein in the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town, on the beach suffering severe hypothermia.

"It appears that the paddler had not attached the 'bung' on his canoe (a bung is used to stop water entering the hull while boating and then used to drain water from the hull after boating) and the canoe had filled with water while he was paddling causing the canoe to capsize.

"A golfer from the Milnerton Golf Club, 19 year old Michael McDonald, interrupted his golf game to go to the assistance of Mr. Beyers, who was trying desperately to get to shore through the surf, and Mr. McDonald helped him to get out of the surf and safely onto the beach.

"Our NSRI medics and EMS paramedics treated the casualty for severe hypothermia and he was transported to hospital by an EMS ambulance in a serious but stable condition where he is recovering."


Released by:

Craig Lambinon
Sea Rescue Communications

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