Well-known Durban surfer faces surgery

2008-04-09 00:00

Well-known Durban surfer Dane Patterson will undergo intensive surgery today after he sustained serious neck injuries while surfing.

Patterson, Quiksilver’s marketing manager and a competitive surfer, was surfing at Durban’s Dairy Beach on Sunday when he hit a shallow sandbank and suffered displaced vertebrae in his neck.

A friend, Dane Logie, managed to drag Patterson out of the water to safety.

“At first I wasn’t sure if he had hit his head on his board or the sand, but it must have been the sandbank.

“The waves were about three foot, but it was super shallow,” said Logie.

Patterson was airlifted to hospital where he was admitted to the ICU.

Quiksilver spokesman Craig Jarvis said Patterson is in a stable condition at Entabeni Hospital and is hoping to make a full recovery.

“He is doing great and in high spirits,” Jarvis said.

“I’m sure he will be back in the water when he has recovered.”

Quiksilver South Africa’s Greg Swart said: “It is a serious injury, but all being good, he is expected to make a full recovery”.

“He is in our prayers right now. There will obviously be a long road of rehab, and he will be out of the water for nine months to a year, but Dane is a strong and fit guy.”

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