Marathon late-night rescue to save trapped Durban man

A 50-year-old Durban man is in a stable condition in hospital following a marathon late-night rescue on Friday after he was discovered trapped in the cement dolosse at the port of Durban.

It is not clear how the man had ended up trapped among the giant concrete blocks.

Andre Fletcher‚ deputy station commander of the National Sea Rescue Institute’s Durban station‚ said that‚ at about 6.40pm on Friday‚ the crew was informed by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) that a man had fallen among the dolosse at the South Arm breakwater.

“The Sea Rescue craft Megan II was launched and the SA Police Services‚ Police Search and Rescue‚ eThekwini Fire and Rescue Services‚ ER24 ambulance services and Netcare 911 ambulance services responded. On arrival on the scene an NSRI rescuer‚ police rescue technicians and paramedics reached the patient who was trapped in amongst dolosse in a barely accessible area amongst the dolosse‚” said Fletcher.

Fletcher said paramedics treated the man for blunt trauma and possible spinal injuries.

He said their aircraft was then used to transport a Netcare 911 advanced life support paramedic to the scene from the waterside.

“The man was stabilised‚ secured into a stokes basket stretcher and extricated from the dolosse and he has been transported to hospital in a stable condition. It is unknown what led to the man falling in amongst the dolosse‚” he said.


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