Sarah Smith, NSRI St Francis Bay station commander, said:
At 09h04, Sunday, 19th March, NSRI St Francis Bay duty crew were activated following reports of a Wake Boarding accident on the Kromme River, 4 kilometers upstream from the Kromme River Bridge at a barely accessible location with limited road access and shallow water depth.
My private cabin boat was launched accompanied by our NSRI crew and medics with medical and rescue equipment onboard.
A local doctor and paramedics were summoned to stand-by at the public slip-way at the Kromme River Bridge.
On arrival on the scene a 14 year old female was treated by our NSRI medics for suspected spinal injuries and secured onto a trauma board with Cervical Spinal immobilisation and taken onboard the Cabin Boat and transported, in a stable condition to the slip way where the doctor and paramedics took over care of the patient and she has been transported to hospital by ambulance for further care.
It appears that the patient had fallen while Wake-Boarding and hurting her neck and her back.