NSRI rescues seven hikers

2013-06-23 16:03


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Johannesburg - Seven hikers had to be rescued after becoming trapped on a ledge during a Spring high tide in Haga Haga, near East London, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said on Sunday.

One of them, Wesley Dragh, 33, had fractured his ankle while trying to prevent his daughter from falling onto rocks during a hike along the shoreline on Saturday, NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon said in a statement.

Thirteen-year-old Jonathan Nicholas, the son of a Port Edward NSRI volunteer was with them and contacted his father John Nicholas for help, he said.

He found them trapped on a ledge, soon to be immersed by the incoming Spring high tide, said Lambinon.

Shortly after he arrived, a wave swept Dragh's partner Dafre Trotsky, 43, into the sea. (John) Nicholas jumped in and rescued her.

He then moved the four children in the group, aged between six and eight, to higher ground, before carrying Dragh 100m to safety and raising the alarm.

He and two fisherman rigged a make-shift stretcher which they used to carry Dragh 500m up a cliff, where they were met by emergency services, who took him up another 300m.

Dragh, who is from Somerset East, was later was airlifted to a hospital in East London. His fracture was set in a cast and he returned to Haga Haga on Sunday morning.

He would be operated on in Somerset East on Wednesday, said Lambinon.

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