Bitou deputy mayor breaks leg in freak accident

John Harvey

BITOU deputy mayor Adam van Rhyner’s leg was broken in a “freak accident” at the Plettenberg Bay Aviation Day at the weekend.

Van Rhyner had been invited to attend the open day, aimed at showcasing the potential of the airport to the public on Sunday, when a temporary air traffic control tower collapsed on his leg.

Plett Hangar Owners’ Association (PHOA) chairman Harry de Villiers said the tower, comprising two tiers of scaffolding, had been erected on Friday.

“We had set up a public address system below the tower, as we planned a special dedication to Nelson Mandela as part of the open day. A flag pole, on which the flag was flown at half mast, was attached to the scaffolding,” De Villiers said.

“I was actually talking to the deputy mayor about the day, but I had turned away for a moment when the tower collapsed. There was another guy near us and luckily he managed mostly to pull the deputy mayor away, but the structure collapsed on his leg.”

Fortunately, he said, emergency services personnel were only about 20m away from the structure, and were able to take Van Rhyner to the Plettenberg Bay Mediclinic for treatment.


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