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Man rescued after fall from cliff

On Saturday 10 August 2019, shortly before 2h30pm, NSRI Wilderness duty crew were activated following eye-witness reports of a suspected drowning in progress on the shoreline at a rocky cliff face West of the Victoria Bay Western Point.

The sea rescue craft Clemengold Rescuer was launched and NSRI crew responded directly to the scene.

WC Government Health EMS and George Municipality Fire and Rescue Services were activated and responded.

The girlfriend of the casualty had raised the alarm alerting local surfers who in turn alerted the NSRI.

While responding to the scene it was confirmed that a male had fallen down rocks and he was not in the water but injured at the foot of a cliff face in a gully close to the ocean.

A private doctor, on holiday in the area, medically assisted the patient while waiting for rescue services to arrive. NSRI assisted EMS rescue paramedics and George Municipality Fire and Rescue Service with the rescue effort.

The EMS/AMS Skymed rescue helicopter was activated to assist with the patient extrication from the barely accessible terrain.

The NSRI crew on the sea rescue craft Clemengold Rescuer stood by off-shore the coast ready to provide assistance from the water side if required.

The patient was stabilised, and airlifted to hospital in a serious but stable condition. The man, a 30 year old local is expected to make a full recovery.

NSRI commend the doctor who assisted on the scene and the co-operation between the joint emergency services.


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