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Man rescued from Knysna Heads channel

At 14h16, Thursday, 23 November 2017, NSRI Knysna duty crew were activated following reports from the Featherbed Company & Nature Reserve ferry 'Paddle Cruiser' that they had rescued an unconscious male who was found floating in the channel halfway between the Knysna Heads.

ER24 ambulance services were also activated.

The local man, believed to be aged 26, appears to have gotten into difficulty while taking a swim. The crew of the passenger ferry 'Paddle Cruiser' had noticed the man floating in the water and immediately initiated a rescue effort.

The ferry crew took the man onboard the ferry and finding him to be unconscious they placed him in the medical recovery position while raising the alarm.

NSRI Knysna duty crew launched their sea rescue craft 'Jaytee IV' and arrived on the scene at 14h20. NSRI medics assessed the patient who had started to regain consciousness and he was transferred onto the sea rescue craft.

The victim was brought ashore at the San Parks jetty where an ER24 ambulance crew took over care of the man. The victim was transported to hospital by ambulance in a stable condition and he is expected to make a full recovery.

NSRI commend the skipper and crew of the Featherbed Company and Nature Reserve passenger ferry 'Paddle Cruiser' for the swift rescue efforts that saved this man's life today.


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