8 kids rescued from drowning

2014-01-08 17:05
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Johannesburg - Eight children were rescued from an island in the Thina River after heavy rain in the Mpindweni area, Eastern Cape police said on Wednesday.

The children, aged between 7 and 18, were rescued on Tuesday, police spokesperson Steve Leslie said.

Johan Fobian for disaster management said the children were trapped on an island in the river when it began raining and the water level started to rise.

The eight were part of a group of 20 who had gone swimming for the day.

Twelve children managed to swim to safety  and called for help.

He told News24 that the helicopter was unable to undertake the operation due to bad weather.

"Search and rescue divers were called in to assist with the operation."

The children where brought to safety one by one.

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