Broken but lucky: PMB man’s amazing survival

2013-11-02 00:00

A PIETERMARITZBURG man is lucky to be alive after he survived the accident at the Ingula project near Ladysmith on Thursday.

Raynard Martin suffered two broken legs, a broken arm and ribs when scaffolding collapsed at the construction site, his girlfriend Shaylee Stafford told Weekend Witness yesterday.

Stafford, who travelled to Ladysmith yesterday, said seeing her boyfriend, although injured and in pain, had brought her relief as she had been very worried. Weekend Witness could not speak to Martin as he was heavily sedated and was asleep most of yesterday.

“He is a very strong man and he will heal very soon … I understand that he might be transferred to a hospital in Pietermaritzburg, which is best because it is going to be a long while before he is back at work ,and therefore it makes sense that he is close to his family,” she said.

She said she had learnt about the accident after it had been broadcast around the country.

“I tried calling but he was not answering and I got worried, but he later called back to say that he had been injured but was okay.”

Of the accident, she said: “He told me that he just heard a lot of noises and people started running away [inside the tunnel] and he also started running. And after the accident, he was very worried that [although] he survived, he might not make it because the rescuers took a long time to get to him.”

A KZN Emergency Medical Service member at the scene said when they arrived following the tragedy, the scene was chaotic with emergency and Eskom projects vehicles rushing in and out.

“It was quite chaotic,” he said. “The workers were also sad and concerned about their colleagues who were inside the tunnel; they could not reach them because there is no communication at all inside the tunnel,” said the paramedic.

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