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Police, SA Air Power and NSRI rescue Vanderbijlpark household of 6 trapped in residence by flash flood

2021-01-17 11:35:39

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A household of six was rescued from a flash flood in Vanderbijlpark by Police Search and Rescue, SA Air Power and NSRI groups.

  • A Vanderbijlpark household of six was rescued from a
    flash flood at their residence.
  • Two of the members of the family have been airlifted to security.
  • The NSRI, which took half within the rescue operation,
    has warned Vaal residents to watch out of flooding following heavy downpours.

A household of six has been rescued from a flash flood
in Vanderbijlpark.

The Nationwide Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) obtained a
report of the flood on the Riet River on Loch Vaal on Saturday morning, which
had stranded a household of their residence.

“Our NSRI rescue car, carrying our NSRI
Croc and towing our NSRI Discovery Rescue Runner, was dispatched. On arrival on
the scene, we have been met by Police Search and Rescue who had already managed to
safely rescue 4 of the six residents from the home by wading them via
the swollen river,” mentioned NSRI Vaal Dam station commander Jake Manten.

Nevertheless, an aged couple remained stranded in a
home, with quickly flowing waters rising.

Airlifted to security

“We launched our Discovery Rescue Runner,
accompanied by police divers, to aim to rescue the couple from the home,
however submerged and semi-submerged lengthy farmland grass hampered efforts to achieve
them and the couple have been unable to wade via the hardly accessible flooded
terrain,” Manten mentioned.

Rescue crews requested help from the SA Air
Power, and the couple was airlifted to security.

“They have been medically assessed by paramedics
and loaded into an ambulance and we consider they have been transported to hospital
as a precaution for remedy for shock. The rescue operation was accomplished at
13:40,” he mentioned.

The NSRI is interesting to communities alongside the
rivers and dams within the Vaal space to be vigilant for flash floods throughout heavy
rainfall.


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