A hiker was evacuated from Plettenberg Bay in the Western Cape by search and rescue teams from the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI). The woman sustained a knee injury on the Robberg Nature Reserve trail on Saturday.
A message a group of hikers originally sent was that the woman had twisted her ankle and fallen injuring her kneecap at around noon on Saturday. The NSRI rushed to the incident scene.
“Her husband, a doctor, had initiated medical treatment and confirmed that she would not be able to hike any further and medical evacuation assistance was required,” Badenhorst said.
He said that in order to evacuate the woman from Plettenberg Bay the NSRI activated their sea duty craft Leonard Smith and Free Runner.
“On arrival on the scene we put our NSRI rescue swimmers ashore and they secured the patient into our floating stretcher and in between wave sets our rescue swimmers swam her through the surf. They then loaded her onto the sea rescue craft and we transported her to our sea rescue station where she was collected by a family friend who is also a doctor,” Badenhorst said.