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11-year-old girl critically injured in Hartbeespoort Dam accident


An 11-year-old girl was critically injured in a boating accident on the Hartbeespoort Dam and was airlifted to hospital.

The National Sea Rescue Institute that the duty crew responded to the Dam at 3 pm on Saturday following reports of a boat accident near the Ifafi Aquatic Club.

NSRI Hartbeespoort Dam station commander Arthur Crewe said they found that a 15-foot ski-boat may have struck a semi-submerged tree stump, ejecting four people, all family members.

He said the child sustained "a critical injury in the accident".

Crew said the father, mother, their son, and a family friend, were transferred onto a rescue craft and taken ashore.

They were not injured.

He said the little girl was airlifted to a hospital for further treatment.

NSRI national spokesperson, Craig Lambinon, said it was confirmed on Sunday that the child was in a stable condition.

(Pic: NSRI)

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