Robbie Gibson, NSRI Plettenberg Bay deputy station commander, said: At 08h47, Monday, 02 April, NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty crew were activated following reports of a 37 year old Johannesburg man, hiking on the Robberg Nature Reserve trail with his wife, suffering an ankle injury after twisting his ankle while walking at the Southern side of the trail near to The Point.
NSRI crew responded by road and hiked to the casualty while the sea rescue craft Leonard Smith and Free Runner were launched and our Sea Rescue vehicle took additional crew to the car park and they hiked to the location with extra medical gear and extrication gear.
The AMS/EMS Skymed rescue helicopter was placed on alert and a WC Government Health EMS ambulance responded to the Robberg car park.
NSRI provided medical care on the scene and the patient, in a stable condition and suffering suspected torn ligaments of the ankle, was assisted to reach our sea rescue craft and using a floating stretcher the patient was transferred from the beach to our sea rescue craft and brought to our sea rescue station.
The EMS ambulance had been diverted to stand-by at our sea rescue station but with the patient in a stable condition and able to move about while being supported we released the ambulance and NSRI transported the man to a local hospital where following further treatment he was released with arranged doctor follow ups for further treatment.
The man’s wife was walked out of the Reserve by fellow hikers and she has taken their vehicle to the hospital where she was reunited with her husband.