Search goes on for driver swept off bridge

2013-11-19 00:00

DAY two of the search for the driver of a car that swept off the Woodhouse low-level bridge on Saturday night ended with no sign of his body yesterday.

Police search and rescue unit officers were joined in the search by Sobantu residents and relatives of Lihle Mthiyane (36).

Yesterday they searched from Woodhouse Road to the Grimthorpe bridge in Lincoln Meade without success.

Resident Zwelihle Ngcamu told The Witness he had learned that Mthiyane had managed to save his passengers. “He started by saving his passengers, but failed to save himself. He removed them from the car and got them to the bank of the river,” Ngcamu said.

Lieutenant Jack Haskins said they would continue the search today.

The Sobantu community’s call for a higher bridge to be built was echoed by organisers of the Dusi Canoe Marathon.

General manager of the marathon’s organising committee, Brett Austen-Smith, said they were concerned about the problems posed by the low-level bridge to paddlers.

“The Woodhouse Road low-level bridge is an on-going safety concern. All low-level bridges pose serious risks to paddlers because water flowing under the bridges often passes through debris pinned against the bridge pillars. These so-called strainers are extremely dangerous, so we have to put in place special measures to marshall these bridges,” he said.

Municipal spokesperson Brian Zuma could not be reached for comment on the matter yesterday.

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