Coast KZN

10 Nov 2016

Fisherman rescued at Salmon Bay, Ballito

Sboniso Dlamini (North Coast Courier)

The man’s fishing ski is dragged up the beach after the rescue with the paramedic, Janus van Scalkwyk, just behind. Photo: IPSS Medical Rescue.

The man was knocked off his paddle ski and pulled out in a strong rip.

A Ballito resident nearly drowned at Salmon Bay early this evening, at about 5.45pm.

According to Dylan Meyrick from IPSS the man, who was in his 30’s, was fishing off a paddle ski when he fell off in the surf zone and was washed past back line in the rip.

IPSS we called to help by a bystander who witnessed the man in trouble.

“An advanced life paramedic from the IPSS Rescue team swam out to the man and swam him back to shore using a torpedo buoy,” said Meyrick.

The rescued man was tired but otherwise unharmed.

This was the third sea rescue at Ballito in the past week and a half.

On November 1 a holidaymaker from Pretoria was swept out to sea at Clarke Bay and on Monday a Ballito resident rescued a holidaymaker from Mpumalanga at Thompson’s Bay.


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