Is it a mole? Is it a drill? No, it’s Hypothermic Man!
A homeless person found the perfect hiding place after an “altercation” with someone on Friday afternoon.
Unfortunately he didn’t take all the factors, such as his size, into consideration.
More than 12 hours later, the hypothermic man was dug out from under an ablution facility in Bloubergstrand.
Vanessa Jackson, spokesperson of ER24, elaborates: “At around 04:00 on Saturday morning Milnerton crews received a call for assistance where a man was stuck in a small hole under the public ablution facility off Marine Drive.”
All the emergency personnel could see when they arrived on the scene were a pair of feet sticking out from under the building.
The feet apparently belonged to a 29-year-old homeless person.
“The person responded to the paramedics’ calls so they started digging away at the cold, wet beach sand. Spades had to be brought to the scene,” continues Jackson.
The man was treated for “hypothermic symptoms” due to the cold and was transported to New Somerset Hospital. Despite being stuck between a rock, well… sand, and a hard place for hours, the man was in a stable condition when he was handed over to hospital staff.
Jackson says the man told paramedics that he had to run away from someone and hide in a safe place.
The small hole under the building seemed sufficient, but as soon as he managed to wriggle himself in the “wriggle back out” became problematic.
“His hands were probably stuck as well, so he couldn’t dig himself out,” says the disbelieving Jackson.
Frantic calls for help were finally heeded the next morning at 04:00 when two people walking home along Marine Drive heard him.
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