Freak wave kills two

2015-11-07 22:08
Zimbali north of Durban (Supplied)

Zimbali north of Durban (Supplied)

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Durban – A freak wave near luxury estate, Zimbali, north of Durban has claimed two lives and left one other person in a critical condition, paramedic services have said.

IPSS spokesperson Paul Herbst told News24 on Saturday that a family of four were believed to be walking on the beach near the Tugela Mouth when the wave is thought to have swept them into the ocean.

“A distress call was sent out and a number of emergency services including KwaDukuza lifeguards and ourselves responded. The patients were given CPR but two of the individuals had already passed on.

“IPSS performed put one patient on a ventilator and the AMS helicopter landed on scene. The patients condition deteriorated and was unable to be transferred by helicopter. The patient has been transferred to Alberlito while IPSS Medical Rescue medics continue CPR.”

Another member the family 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 Resort 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."

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