Derek van Dam injured in yacht accident

2012-03-12 13:37
Thinus Ferreira
Cape Town – eNews Channel weatherman Derek van Dam is back on air after disappearing off screen for a week following a serious yachting accident in the Mother City.

The incident left him with stitches and a black eye.

Despite bleeding badly at the time, the chief meteorologist is back and says he won't let danger keep him from something he truly loves.


"I was racing in the Wednesday night Twilight Series races held by the Royal Cape Yacht Club in Cape Town. We were rounding a mark after a downwind beat when a few crew members and I were dropping the spinnaker and I caught an elbow in all the madness," Van Dam told Channel24.

"The result was six stitches and a black and blue eye that prevented me from appearing on TV for about a week.

"I kept sailing until I realised I was bleeding quite badly. At that stage I thought it would be best to have it looked at by a doctor," he said.

Van Dam says he feels "ecstatic" to be back on the telly after a week that unexpectedly kept him out of action.

"Sailing can be dangerous but never let a little danger get in the way of something that you love," he said.


  • Tony Lapson - 2012-03-12 14:20

    "following a serious yachting accident in the Mother City." "caught an elbow in the madness." "serious yachting accident" "serious" Seriaas

  • Bob - 2012-03-12 14:21

    "after a downwind beat" Sorry, going down wind is not a beat!

  • Nigel - 2012-03-12 14:25

    Must have been a non-forcasted Black South Easter.

  • Derk - 2012-03-12 14:26

    Hell I bumped my big toe this morning

  • Burtfred - 2012-03-12 14:30

    But he was sailing in the sea, not in a dam. He should be Derek Vansea

  • debbieew - 2012-03-12 14:41

    Yatching is highly under estimated. My child has serious facial trauma and roughly 20 fractures to the head following an accident at the end of last year. Total freak accident where everything was done by the book. The result was operation to the wound and possible surgeries to follow. My child is lucky to be alive and blessed to have no permanent brain or motor function damage.

  • Andrew Sheppard - 2012-03-12 14:45

    He's my hero!! The weather man survives a bump on the elbow!! Legend!!

  • Se-a Spencer Ikeremm - 2012-03-12 14:45

    Lol @Frank, if you think he talks too much, I wonder how you'd feel about CNN's Marie Ramos. She is thorough! She's actually my fav weather person on tv, even though most of the time they dnt show SA, bt they did last week during that cyclone scare.

  • Cheslyn - 2012-03-12 16:01

    Oh wow tough life Derek! lol...Hopefully my broken arm will make it to CNBC! LOL

  • amarillomanzana - 2012-03-12 18:51

    A non story.

  • PROPROP - 2012-08-10 17:46

    DEREK rule 1 of sailing --- always get a weather report before u go sailing get better soon mike bennett

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