NSRI res­cues as­saulted man on river bank

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PORT AL­FRED: The res­cue of a trapped bush buck in the Kowie River at Port Al­fred led to the dis­cov­ery of a man badly in­jured in an as­sault on a river bank.

NSRI Port Al­fred deputy sta­tion com­man­der Stephen Slade said yes­ter­day duty crew were called af­ter 8am fol­low­ing re­ports of a bush buck trapped in the wa­ter be­tween the canal and the Kowie River ma­rina.

The NSRI ar­rived to find the buck, a young ram, had been try­ing to get up the steep slope to get out of the wa­ter.

It was de­cided to se­cure the buck as quickly as pos­si­ble and take it up­stream to be re­leased back on land and out of dan­ger.

NSRI vol­un­teers se­cured the buck, cov­ered it with blan­kets to re­duce anx­i­ety, and loaded it on to the sea res­cue craft Res­cue 11 Al­pha. It was taken up­stream and re­leased, run­ning off con­fi­dently, ap­par­ently no worse off.

But as they were re­turn­ing to base, about 3km up­stream, a man called for help from the bank.

“On in­ves­ti­ga­tion, we found a 24-year-old lo­cal man on the river bank suf­fer­ing in­juries from an ap­par­ent as­sault sus­tained the night be­fore.”

He had ap­par­ently fled from a group of men who al­legedly as­saulted him, es­cap­ing by swim­ming across the river.

He had sus­tained mul­ti­ple in­juries and was brought aboard the sea res­cue craft, treated by medics and then taken to the NSRI base where po­lice and the Guardmed am­bu­lance ser­vice were wait­ing. Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a case of as­sault. – ANA

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