Paddle skier towed three kilometres by fiesty tuna

2014-12-03 00:00

A DRAMATIC tussle with a feisty tuna pulled a paddle skier three kilometres out to sea yesterday.

The man was believed to have been fishing in his paddle ski at the Salmon Bay beach in Ballito when he hooked a 50 kg tuna and the battle began.

Quentin Power of Specialised Rescue ­Ballito said they went to the scene when ­eyewitnesses reported that a fishing paddle skier had been dragged out to sea.

“We were told by people on scene that he had been out of sight for an hour,” he said.

He said lifeguards and other emergency services rushed to the beach to begin the search while Ballito Specialised Rescue and some locals headed to Westbrook to start the search on that end.

“He was located by the Kwadakuza lifeguards approximately 3 km south of his launch site in the vicinity of Tongaat River mouth.”

He said when they found the fisherman he was making his way back paddling slowly.

He had also retrieved the fish.

“He was tired but unaware that anyone had been searching for him for almost an hour,” Power said.

He added the paddler was taken aboard the lifeguards’ craft where he was returned safely to Salmon Bay unharmed.

The fisherman could not be reached for comment. — Witness Reporter.

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