KZN Good Samaritan uses kite board to rescue 4 from capsized St. Lucia boat
DURBAN: A Good Samaritan Hazyview was in the right place at the right time when a boat carrying four people capsized in Cape Vidal Bay in iSimangaliso Wetland in St. Lucia this weekend.
Jurgens Lubbe, 47, owner of a rafting business in Hazyview, was kitesurfing nearby when he saw people on the beach pointing towards the water on Saturday, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said.
Jan Hoffman, the commander of the NSRI station in St. Lucia, said Lubbe noticed the overturned boat with two men hanging from the overturned hull and a man and woman in the water nearby.
NSRI St Lucia’s duty crew have been activated.
People who were on the boat included the 62 year old owner and skipper from Durban; his son and the son’s girlfriend as well as a family friend.
NSRI St Lucia’s sea rescue vehicle, additional NSRI crew and members of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife also responded.
“Jurgens’ kite boarded towards them and upon reaching them he was able to pull the girl to the shore where the NSRI members and members of the public took her. ”
Hoffman said Lubbe volunteered to kitesurf to help. NSRI lifeguards handed him a pink NSRI lifebuoy, parked along this beach.
“Jurgens joined them in the water and gave the life jacket to the friend and the pink buoy to the young man – to help them stay afloat – they were about 30 to 40 m from one of the other, “he said.
He said the son was able to swim to the rocks where he was pulled out of the water by NSRI lifeguards and members of the public.
Lubbe pulled the friend to the rocks where an NSRI lifeguard swam and, along with members of the public, helped him onto the rocks, he said.
“Jurgens then pulled the skipper from the baseline down to the rocks where an NSRI lifeguard assisted.”
Hoffman said the wind speed lasted just long enough for Lubbe to help rescue the victims. After the friend got out of the water, the wind died down to such an extent that he could no longer lift his kite.
“The skipper was seriously injured and was medically treated by a medic, Dr Pierre Els, of Richards Bay, who was at the beach at the time, assisted by NSRI medics, before being transported in the NSRI rescue vehicle in St. Lucia where Netcare 911 ambulance services arrived and their paramedics continued medical treatment. ”
He said the patient was airlifted to hospital in serious but stable condition.
NSRI congratulated Lubbe, the doctor and all members of the public who helped.