Tourist breaks back in Knysna speed boat

2012-01-14 12:12

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.

  • Deon - 2012-01-14 12:31

    At least try to get the placenames right, guys. It's Eastbourne, East Sussex. I wish David a speedy recovery!

      Deon - 2012-01-14 13:17

      @ Burtfred: Their blooper's already been deleted from the article, idiot.

      Last Outpost Of The British Empire - 2012-01-14 13:24

      Poor Brit. Africa is not for sissys.

  • Shirley - 2012-01-14 12:36

    Hope you make a full recovery and visit this beautiful continent again soon!

      gbbfg - 2012-01-14 19:23

      Last time I checked, there were speedboats in just every country in the world.

  • chris.piro2 - 2012-01-14 12:42

    wish him to well soon

  • Bert - 2012-01-14 13:01

    Wave riding at speed, a factor in this? Speed boats out at the heads? Bit dangerous to say the least.

      Juan - 2012-01-15 04:53

      Yip the heads are notorious for taking casualties, the water can get rough out there

  • Jeffrey - 2012-01-14 13:29

    Speedboat is one word, not two.

      gbbfg - 2012-01-14 19:25

      Why all the thumbs down? He's right. And News24 articles are riddled with this sort of laziness.

  • Morakane - 2012-01-14 14:11

    English folk looking for action holidays down south eh? First bunjee chords snapping, and now speedboats flipping. Glad he is ok though.

      Morné - 2012-01-14 14:18

      Bungee cord snapping was an Aussie I believe.

  • evelyn.pepler - 2012-01-14 21:32

    Please note that this was not just an ordinary boat trip, there are various operators who operate with extreme caution in this area, this particular operator was doing wave jumping off Brenton beach, on a very powerfully purpose built wave jumping rubber duck/inflatable type vessel, something that is definitely a high risk, high adrenalin activity... I am saddened and shocked to hear that he is so badly injured and hope that he has a speedy recovery,

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