Puff adder bites British tourist

2009-02-10 00:00

A British tourist was airlifted to hospital yesterday after she was bitten by a snake while taking a walk in the Royal Natal Park in the central Drakensberg yesterday afternoon.

Netcare 911 spokesman Chris Botha said the tourist, whose name was not given, was taking a walk in the park when a puff adder bit her on the leg.

“Luckily for her, a KZN wildlife official, who also happens to be a qualified paramedic, was nearby to render early medical treatment,” said Botha.

He added that the snake bite could have resulted in death or in a loss of a limb if it had been left unattended.

“It is very reassuring to see such competent staff in our national parks,” he added.

A Netcare 911 helicopter with a trauma team on board was dispatched to the scene to help the KZN Wildlife personnel stabilise the tourist.

The tourist was in a serious but stable condition at St Augustine’s Hospital yesterday.

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