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Emergency Airlift Planned For Man Stabbed On Yacht

Jean Gerber, the man who was savagely beaten on his yacht and stabbed in the throat with a screwdriver is to be airlifted to New Zealand, either today or tomorrow.
25 Nov 2016 11:00
Emergency Airlift Planned For Man Stabbed On Yacht
Jean Gerber earlier this month. He will be airlifted to New Zealand.

Jean Gerber, the man who was savagely beaten on his yacht and stabbed in the throat with a screwdriver is to be airlifted to New Zealand, either today or tomorrow.

This was confirmed by the victim’s daughter, Sarah Conrad.

“Plans for the emergency airlift are still being finalised,” Mrs Conrad said.

“His condition has not improved and it seems that the hospital does not have the expertise to treat him. He has to be airlifted as soon as possible.”

She said the stabbing resulted in major damage to both her father’s wind and food pipes.

“My father is in ICU and has a trachea on his throat as such he can’t speak,” she said.

“Whatever food was being fed to him was being discharged through the tube inserted in his throat.”

Meanwhile, a Fiji Sun source said on Wednesday Police in Nadi have questioned a woman in her mid 20s after Mr Gerber’s missing mobile phone was found on her.

Police had managed to track the phone through its GPS and the woman was believed to have been apprehended somewhere in Namaka.

This was also confirmed by Mrs Conrad, who said she was told by Police about the find.

Our Police source said the woman alleged she found the phone on a bus.

She was kept overnight until yesterday morning undergoing interrogation.

But as of yesterday afternoon, it was still unclear if the woman being questioned was still in custody. Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro could not be reached for comment.

Mr Gerber, 68, was left unconscious in a pool of blood with wounds to his throat from the attack.

The attacker, according to Mr Gerber on what he told his family, was an “identified Fijian man of strong, big built”.

The incident took place at Fantasy Island on Sunday, November 6 at around 11pm.

According to Mr Gerber, he had felt someone come on board the yacht and when he turned he saw his attacker standing there and then asked Mr Gerber for cigarettes.

However, when Mr Gerber turned his back to look for his cigarette pack, he was viciously punched from the back, kicked and further assaulted before being stabbed on his face and throat.

The intruder then made off with a laptop, mobile phone and cash.

Mr Gerber barely made it into the cabin for his yacht before sending an SOS “Help, Help, Help, Call the Police” message to his daughter Bianca through Facebook.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

Feedback:  charles.chambers@fijisun.com.fj

 



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