Freak wave claims lives

2015-11-11 06:01
Emergency vehicles at the scene. Photo: supplied

Emergency vehicles at the scene. Photo: supplied

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A FREAK wave near luxury coastal estate, Zimbali, on Saturday, claimed three lives and left one person injured.

A mother, father and their two daughters were believed to be taking a picture on the shore when they were swept away by a wave into the ocean, IPSS spokesperson Paul Herbst said.

“A distress call was sent out and a number of emergency services including KwaDukuza lifeguards and IPSS Medical Rescue Advanced Life support were dispatched to the scene.

“On arrival it was found that a mother, father and their two adult daughters had been washed into the sea by a wave while taking pictures.

“The patients were given CPR, but two of the individuals [the parents] had already died.

“IPSS put one patient [eldest daughter] on a ventilator and the AMS helicopter landed on scene. The patient’s condition deteriorated and she was unable to be transferred by helicopter.
“The patient had to be taken to Alberlito Hospital while IPSS Medical Rescue medics continue CPR.”

The eldest daughter died on Saturday night in hospital.

The youngest daughter is believed to have only suffered minor injuries.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said reports from members of the public indicate that a mother and two daughters got into difficulty and dad went in to assist and also had to be rescued.

Fairmont Zimbali Hotel spokesperson Joanne du Plooy confirmed the family were guests of the hotel.

“Our hotel medical team together with a number of emergency services attended to the incident.
“Unfortunately, two people did pass away. We regret the incident and send our condolences to the family.”

Herbst thanked the Kwadukuza Fire Department, Zimbali Lifeguards, Netcare 911, SAPS and C.E.R.T for the “great team work”.
“Especially the Kwadukuza lifeguards and Specialised Rescue member who ran from Salmon Bay to assist with the resuscitation efforts.”

ON ARRIVAL IT WAS FOUND THAT A MOTHER, FATHER AND THEIR TWO ADULT DAUGHTERS HAD BEEN WASHED INTO THE SEA BY A WAVE WHILE TAKING PICTURES

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