Diver injured as boat capsizes

2011-02-21 11:16

Durban - A female diver from Gauteng was severely injured when a boat capsized in the Umkomaas River on Sunday afternoon, paramedics said.

“A Pretoria woman sustained serious head injuries while out on a diving trip at the Umkomaas river mouth,” said Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha.

He said a group of 11 divers were on a diving trip when the incident happened.

The diver was taken to the Netcare Kingsway Hospital for emergency treatment and was later transferred to the Netcare Umhlanga Hospital for specialised care.

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  • reibad - 2011-02-21 11:38

    Severely Injured means dead on injury? Congratulations to Netcare Kingsway Hospital and Netcare Umhlanga Hospital for having the facilities to treat corpses with specialised care!!!!

      thumper - 2011-02-21 11:50

      Don't be an ass reibad! "Severely" means "seriously", not "fatally"!!

      WillF - 2011-02-21 12:07

      Don't be a chop - you are thinking of 'fatally injured'.

      Artoo - 2011-02-21 12:09

      Haha, what a tjop.

      Daniel - 2011-02-21 12:20

      Wow. Taking idiot comments to the next level.

      Chantelle Donne Palm - 2011-02-21 12:34

      congratulations for being a chop!!!

      reibad - 2011-02-21 13:08

      Thanks for a lesson never to be forgotton. Was on a high when I thought I was right, but you've chopped me down to size!!! High five to all concerned tutors!!! I am now severely learning the english tale!!!

  • Smaal - 2011-02-21 12:26

    I have launched from Umkomaas before and as with beach launches there is always some risk involved, there is also some risk when moving from the river to the river mouth, beaching is usually done real fast and there to is a certain element of risk but how do you capsize that type of boat of that size in the river itself? Someone is in big trouble.

      Fanie - 2011-02-21 12:41

      Agreed - Launching through the mouth - you can reach out - if you want to - and touch the sand going past the boat Always wondered when they are going to stuff up My best wishes for the diver

      poorwhite - 2011-02-21 12:42

      Smaal, if you have launched there then you would know that in high tide you use the river as an entry point to the river mouth and then through the waves to backline. So, while in the mouth this is where most 'flips' occur from the unpredictable currents and waves there. By the way I have launched there many times and it can be really scary!

      Smaal - 2011-02-21 13:01

      I agree with you poorwhite, those launches are hair-raising sometimes and yes the currents and the sand banks make it interesting as well but skippers will not launce if the conditions are bad and if there is sand the skippers will do a beach launch especially at low tide. The article reads that the boat was flipped in the river not the mouth and not in the break. Would like to know if the where launching or coming back. Thought goes out to the diver. May she recover soon.

      Fred Basset - 2011-02-21 13:04

      Umkomaas always been one of the easier launches in the area. Having said that, the Easterly swell picked up pretty chunky late in the afternoon just after high tide. Could be a sneaky set pushed into the mouth and caught them unawares on their way home? If it caught the boat from behind, it would be almost impossible to steer, and would likely swing the boat sideways, rolling the occupants over onto the sandbanks?

  • divergirl50 - 2011-02-22 12:35

    which dive charter was involved with the latest flip?? I have my suspicions but need confirmation

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