Man impaled on fence

The man was cut from the fence by the Durban Fire Department.

A MAN believed to be in his twenties sustained severe injuries when he fell from a tree and was impaled on a fence on Masabalala Yengwa (NMR) Avenue before Smiso Nkwanyana (Goble) Road on Saturday evening.

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Garrith Jamieson from Rescue Care Paramedics said paramedics were called for urgent medical assistance at around 8.30pm.

“Paramedics found a man hanging upside down impaled on the fence by both his legs. Together with EMRS and Durban Fire Department it was decided that we needed to cut the fence to effectively treat the patient,” he said.

Jamieson said Durban Fire Department used tools to cut a section of the fence off and then carefully lowered the fence, with the man still impaled on it, to the ground. Advanced life support paramedics worked to stabilise the man who had sustained serious lower limb injuries.

“The Fire Department cut the rest of the fence around the man away very carefully. Once the man was stabilised he was rushed to hospital,” he said.

Jamieson said SAPS were on the scene and will be investigating the events leading up to the incident.

Lauren Walford

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