By Hannah McFadyen
This is the perfect holiday snap that was taken just moments before disaster struck and the couple were washed onto the harsh rocks by a massive wave.
Marelize Dreyer, 25, found her leg trapped between rocks as a massive wave wrenched her from her spot, dislocating her ankle and breaking her leg in two places.
Her husband, Ryan Dreyer,26 , rushed through the water to help her on discovering she could not stand and was clutching her ankle.
Marelize was eventually helped from the water and the knowing that she needed to support her ankle, the couple created her a makeshift splint from two flip-flops.
The Leicestershire couple, who were on a belated honeymoon in South Africa, found themselves heading to hospital, where Marelize had to wait for two days before getting a titanium plate and twelve screws put in her left leg.
Ryan said: “At the time we weren’t sure if it was the photo had worked out, but we decided to move across the rocks to a safer location, without a drop.
“We were concerned about the bigger waves coming; but we weren’t too concerned while crossing the rock there.
“When we were moving over we felt the first wave hit and that’s where we tried to sit down and get another shot – since we were now in a safer location, with a rock pool nearby, rather than a drop straight into the ocean.
“We saw the next wave coming and tried to get ready for the picture, but the wave just smashed down on top of us.
“Instantly it felt like we were underwater – the wave was really disorientating, we were just sat there and the next second we were underwater.
“It was hard to know which way was up and how to stand because the wave was so powerful.
The couple were washed into the rock pool that lay in front of them and they struggled to stand, Ryan eventually managed to get up, but was horrified to see that Marelize had not.
“I stood up and looked for Marelize, and it instantly it was clear that something was wrong. She couldn’t stand and she was just clutching her ankle, flopping around.
“Luckily the worst of the set of waves was over and I called for Gerda, Marelize’s sister to help.”
With the help of a tourist, the couple managed to get Marelize up and away from the beach.
Being a physiotherapy graduate, Marelize knew she needed to support her ankle – so the crafty couple created a splint out of a pair of flip-flops.
She was eventually taken to hospital and had her injuries seen to and now the couple are staying with family for a while in order to recover.
The couple aren’t letting this deter them from their travels and they’re set to continue their travels on to Australia and they’re even keeping a blog about it – dreyersadventures.wordpress.com.
“We had a bucket list of photos – few photos that we really wanted to get while we were travelling.
“We’d tried it in a few places, but couldn’t the picture to work for various reasons.
“We found this perfect place on the beach and Marelize’s sister said she’d take the photo.
“We’re not naïve – her family goes to that particular beach town, both of us are aware of the danger, but in this case there was especially large waves form the super spring tide.
“We’re usually very careful and have travelled all through South East Asia with no incidents, but perhaps we got a bit too relaxed as we’re both from South Africa.
“There has been some criticism online, but I’ve been saying it’s called an accident, not an on purpose.”