STATEMENT BY NSRI PORT EDWARD STATION COMMANDER JOHN NICHOLAS:
At 12h09, Tuesday, 16th July, Port Edward duty crew were activated following reports of a paddle-skier in difficulty off-shore at Anties Bay.
Our sea rescue craft Rescue Runner was launched and our NSRI rescue vehicle, Police search and Rescue and Med-Evac ambulance services responded.
On arrival on the scene we reached the local 72-year-old male 600 meters off-shore of the Mpenjati River Mouth and he reported to have been stung by a Blue Stingray while fishing and his arm suffered paralysis and pain and he was unable to paddle.
We rescued him onto our sea rescue craft and brought him to the Glenmore Ski-Boat Club where Police Search and Rescue and Med-Evac paramedics were standing-by and he was treated by paramedics and transported to hospital by Med-Evac ambulance in a stable condition and he is expected to make a full recovery.
We returned to sea on our NSRI rescue runner and recovered his paddle ski which was brought to shore to be returned to the man.