Inanda Dam - The Dusi Canoe Marathon has confirmed that 57-year-old
paddler Heine Jordaan died while competing in Friday’s second stage of the 2015
Dusi Canoe Marathon.
Jordaan, a Durban dentist, started the second stage in G batch with experienced
fellow Stella Canoe Club paddler Neels Meyer at 07:55 before getting into
difficulty at a rapid near Big Bend Rapid, about seven kilometres from the
headwater of Inanda Dam.
Jordaan and Meyer’s boat hit a rock and the pair got into difficulty. Meyer
managed to get out of their boat however Jordaan became entrapped and was
forced under water for approximately three minutes.
Paddlers rallied together and did everything possible to assist Jordaan, and
assisted Meyer to extract Jordaan from the river and notified a paramedic just
downstream of the incident.
One of the paddlers who stopped to help managed to attract the attention of a
safety helicopter that Dusi General Manager Brett Austen Smith was traveling
The terrain made landing the safety helicopter impossible and a second, smaller
helicopter was dispatched, together with the race medical helicopter carrying
the race doctor.
Jordaan’s family were notified of the incident.
“This is a tragedy that has shaken the Dusi to the core,” said Austen Smith,
who thanked the race participants who stopped to assist.
The Dusi Canoe Marathon race organisers send their sincere condolences to
Jordaan’s family, friends and Meyer and ask the paddling fraternity to join
them in offering their full support to Jordaan’s loved ones during this time.