WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A scuba diver in South Africa is lucky to be alive after he accidentally shot himself in the face with a spear gun, narrowly missing his brain.
- Pastor Connie Hallowell, 48, had a miraculous escape when the spear accidentally fired as he was collecting fishing sinkers near Scottburgh Beach, entering his right jaw and exited below his left eye.
- Hallowell is expected to fully recover with no damage to his eyesight.
A scuba diver in South Africa is lucky to be alive after a horrific underwater accident.
On August 31, Pastor Connie Hallowell from Umkomaas accidentally shot himself in the face with a spear gun, narrowly missing his brain.
The spear went through Hallowell’s face, entering his right jaw and exited below his left eye. He somehow managed to avoid hitting his eyeballs that could lead to vision loss.
Managing to crawl back to the beach, members from the Scottburgh Lifesaving Club rushed to his side. They held on to the spear, which is more than a meter long, as someone managed to shorten it by using an angle grinder.
Hallowell was reportedly diving alone in the surf off the coast of Scottburgh, KwaZulu-Natal about 9.30 am Friday local time.
Umdoni Municipality ambulance service and Netcare 911 paramedics were dispatched to provide further medical assistance.
He was later airlifted to Kingsway Hospital in Durban for first aid before being transferred to St Anne’s in Pietermaritzburg – where the spear was completely removed.
Hallowell thanked all the people for their kind wishes and prayers.
“Hi guys, thanks for all the prayers really appreciate it,” he said in a video. “I’m doing very, very well. I’m good, I’m recovering, looking forward to seeing you guys soon. God bless, bye.”