Bushmans Nek Border Post, Underberg
At 12:45pm, #UEMS was called by a local who stated that a guest of theirs had been hiking in the Southern Drakensberg, near The Bushmans Nek Border Post when he was bitten by a puff adder.
#A01 and #RV01 mobilized to the scene where they awaited #Ezemvelo rangers who’d gone out on horseback along the trail to fetch the patient.
Fortunately, after assessing the 38-year-old male patient, it was established that the puff adder had struck and bitten his shoe. The snake had managed to leave a small single puncture mark to his right foot, but on inspection, no swelling or excessive bleeding was noted, indicating a possible Dry Bite.
#UEMS paramedics however initiated treatment and transported the patient in a stable condition to a Pietermaritzburg hospital for further specialized care.
This is the second snake bite in a week in Underberg. Please be extremely cautious and vigilant when hiking in the Berg! 🐍
A big Thank You to Ezemvelo, Mardi and Tinus Botha and #NewEnglandFarm for you assistance today!