South African injured in accident in the dunes

A tourist from South Africa escaped with minor injuries after he was involved in an accident in the dunes in the vicinity of Langstrand on Saturday afternoon. The 28-year-old was discharged from hospital the day after the incident.
Although everyone is relieved that the tourist only came off with light injuries, a serious warning was extended by the local traffic authority over the weekend for people to take care when driving off road especially in the dunes where danger lurks for the inexperienced driver or rider.
According to Deputy Commissioner Erastus Iikuyu, police regional crime investigations coordinator for Erongo, the tourist fell with a motorbike riding in the dunes. The motorbike fell on him. The victim was with three friends when the accident occurred.
The victim initially complained of severe neck pain prompting a decision to dispatch medical rescue services to the scene. The victim was admitted in the Welwitschia Private Hospital in Walvis Bay. It was determined the injury was a muscle-related injury to the neck and after observation the person was discharged.
He was released the day after incident. This is the first off road incident this holiday season. Injuries and even fatalities in the dunes between Swakopmund and Walvis Bay have become commonplace in the central coastal region in recent years. In most cases victims had the accidents as a result of inexperience or taking unnecessary risks.

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