Lonely Planet Writer

Daring rescue brings Dutch tourist to safety in Knysna Forest

Knysna Forest, South Africa.
Knysna Forest, South Africa. Image by David Siu / CC BY 2.0

A team of National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) volunteer rescuers brought a 31-year old Dutch orthopaedic surgeon to safety on Monday after a daring rescue operation in Knsyna Forest, South Africa. The man was on a guided hike with his 26-year old female partner, a Dutch general surgeon from Amsterdam, when he reportedly jumped into a rock pool and suffered a suspected compound fracture to the lumbar spine. News24 have subsequently reported that SANParks have stated that the guide did not have a permit to cover such activities. The six NSRI rescue swimmers had to swim upstream and negotiate several waterfalls to find the hikers, before floating them out to safety. Read more: knysnaplettherad.com