For the past two or so weeks I have been lucky enough to go on a Sardine Run trip to the Wild Coast’s Hole in the Wall.
Every day for eight days we did a surf launch alongside another tour operator to view the Sardine Run and take advantage of some spectacular diving.
On Sunday we departed early to allow the bulk of the group to catch their flight back home leaving the Photo of the Century Photographer, Heinz Toperczer and Andrea Lux behind to catch a later flight.
Heinz and Andrea were walking on the beach observing a small rubber duck on a surf launch. As they approached a wave Heinz remarked that they should not tackle it as they would in all likelihood capsize – true words it turns out.
The men were jettisoned from their craft, Heinz scrambled to get help and Andrea gave assistance to the injured man.
As Geoff McGregor, NSRI East London station commander, reported:
On Sunday morning, 14th July, NSRI East London duty crew responded to Cinsta where a 4.5 meter inflatable boat capsized with 2 local men onboard.
EC Government Health EMS and Aldersons ambulance services were activated.
On arrival on the scene the 2 men were found safely ashore and one of the men sustained non-fatal drowning symptoms and he was treated by paramedics.
The EMS helicopter was activated and the man was airlifted to hospital in a stable condition and he is recovering.
Fortuitous perhaps that Heinz and Andrea were on hand to respond methinks!