- On Saturday, two fishermen suffered serious injuries while at Loskopdam in Mpumalanga
- According to reports, lightning stuck one of the men's graphite fishing rod, injuring both fishermen
- Miraculously, both Clinton Fleming and Jaco le Roux survived he freak accident
Jaco le Roux, 35, and Clinton Fleming, 29, were enjoying some time away with their families at Forever Resorts Loskopdam, when a freak accident nearly killed them.
According to a report by GoldFM 104.3 Welkom, one of the men's graphite fishing rod was struck by lightning, hitting both of them.
The incident took place in front of both men's families, including their children, who were left traumatised following the horrific incident.
Briefly.co.za gathered it started to rain and both men decided to reel in their lines. However, le Roux had a fish on and Fleming told him to bring it out while he fetched the landing net.
However, lightning struck and nearly disintegrated the rod, leaving what witnesses described as "black candy floss" behind. There was also nothing left of le Roux's clothes.
Le Roux has a hole in his stomach where his rod's end rested at the point of impact. Because he does not have a medical aid, Le Roux was sent home the same night.
However, his family said he would have to go for numerous surgeries to remove dead tissue and reconstruct his stomach.
Flemming was taken to the ICU of Midmed Hospital. His wife, Charné, revealed the shock his body absorbed for the lighting implicated his heart.
She added she would have to take him to a cardiologist to ensure his heart is fine. Charné said it was only through grace that God spared their husbands' lives.
As for the fishermen, Times Live reported one of them said he was going to go back to church.
Briefly.co.za gathered because le Roux does not have medical aid, his medical costs started piling up. His sister-in-law, Corlene Vogel, has since started an emergency fund to help him cover some of the expenses.
For more info on contributing to the fund, you can contact Desiree le Roux on 072 617 9958
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