Tourist breaks back in Knysna speed boat
Johannesburg - An English holiday maker had to be rescued by boat from the Knysna heads after suffering a broken back while riding on a speed boat, said the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said on Saturday.
Spokesperson Craig Lambinon said the NSRI received reports on Friday afternoon at 15.45 of a man injured nearly 3km offshore.
"On arrival on-scene, 47 year old David Burdett from England, on holiday in South Africa with family, was treated for a lower back injury.
"The injury is suspected to have been sustained while wave riding on a high speed charter boat," he said.
Burdett was transported by boat to an ambulance on shore and was taken to hospital in a stable condition.
The hospital confirmed he had suffered a fracture of a lower spinal vertebrae.