76 rescued from floods in Eastern Cape

2012-10-21 14:44

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Port Elizabeth - Port Elizabeth's National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) rescued 76 people and a dog early on Sunday.

The alert that the people, who were attending a religious meeting, were stranded upstream of the Swartkops River, cut off from the mainland by rising water, came at 04:30, the NSRI's Daniel Heimann said.

He said because of the water levels and the fact that most of the road had been washed away, a rescue effort by vehicle was impossible.

"Our NSRI volunteers found an area that, although barely accessible, was at the time the only way in an out from where the people were,“ he said.

The rescuers, using fallen trees and tree trunks as anchor points, rigged a rope line, making hand rails along the line.

Where flood areas were too deep or too turbulent, NSRI rescuers were posted along the rope line to guide and aide the group across the river.

Before the rescue operation began, Heimann said, a safety briefing was held with the fellowship group and each person was allowed to take only one piece of luggage with them.

"Once the group had, one by one, begun crossing the river, our NSRI volunteers helped the elderly and assisted where necessary to get everyone safely across the river."

Meanwhile, rain continued to cause havoc in the Eastern Cape on Sunday, with parts of the N2 closed to traffic, Eastern Cape disaster management said.

"There is a huge hole, about 25m wide and 50m deep on the N2, by the Pumba Game Reserve, between Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown," said Captain John Fobian.

"The road has been closed off and traffic is being diverted from Port Elizabeth to the Cradock Road N10 around Cookhouse and back to Grahamstown or East London."

The SABC reported that Kouga municipality spokesperson Laura-Leigh Randall said the Sand River bridge between Cape St Francis and St Francis Bay had been washed away and the water was still strongly flowing.

According to the broadcaster, she said a technical team had assessed the damage and said it would not be possible to construct a pedestrian bridge, but that people were crossing the river where the water was flowing less strongly.

- SAPA
Read more on:    nsri  |  port elizabeth  |  floods  |  weather
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
9 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
SPONSORED CONTENT
Investment tips you need to know 2015-01-29 14:07

Ever wondered how to assess your future potential liability? Feroz Basa, Senior Portfolio Manager Old Mutual Investment Group, weighs in on all the investment tips you need to know. WATCH.

/News

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

HOUSES FOR SALE IN Paarl

Houses R 1 795 000

HOUSES FOR SALE IN Somerset West

Houses R 1 999 000

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to 40% on outdoor accessories!

Tents, sleeping, day packs and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Month End Madness Sale!

Save up to 60% on across a wide range of goods from books to electronics, DVDs and many more. Sale end 31 January 2015. Shop now!

Valentine’s Day gifts – 14 Feb!

Gifts to spoil him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off fragrances

Get 30% off fragrances for him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off All Textbooks

Save up to 30% off an extensive range of prescribed textbooks for all major universities and FET colleges. Shop Now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Something may come back into focus. You may get a second chance to say what needs to be said. The important focus today is to not...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.