The anonymous pilot spotted the body and alerted authorities, who proceeded to rescue him and take him to hospital. After a 15-hour long operation to recover the body, it was discovered that the man was in fact alive but in a critical condition.
A microlight pilot who has opted to not be identified will be remembered as the hero who alerted authorities to what was initially assumed to be a body on a remote beach far north of Tugela Mouth on Thursday, North Coast Courier reports.
Reaching the area proved difficult and teams from Police Search and Rescue hiked for kilometres to reach the unconscious man. He was stabilised by paramedics before a treacherous hike back to an awaiting ambulance, said IPSS Medical Rescue spokesperson Paul Herbst.
A microlight pilot on Thursday, December 19 spotted the body of a man whom he had presumed was dead. A recovery effort was launched and after arriving at the beach it was discovered that the man was in fact alive.