9 boys rescued from flash flood

2014-12-12 13:11
(Robert McKenzie, Supplied).

(Robert McKenzie, Supplied).

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Johannesburg - Nine boys have been rescued from the flooding Umfolozi River near Ulundi in an operation lasting several hours, the KwaZulu-Natal emergency medical services said on Friday.

Paramedics responding to an emergency call found the boys, aged 8 to 18, standing on rocks in the middle of the river on Thursday, said spokesperson Robert Mckenzie.

"Trouble started when four of the boys tried to cross the river, which was at normal level, but when they were about halfway through it, there was a flash flood and the water started to rapidly rise and the current became very strong," he said

He said the other five boys were stranded while trying to rescue them.

Paramedics called the police search and rescue division for assistance.

"A member of the police rescue team had to hike up the river before entering the rapidly flowing water and swimming to each child to pull them to safety," said Mckenzie.

"This was an exhausting rescue for the rescue swimmer, and it took several hours to rescue all nine boys."

The boys were examined by paramedics and were all in good health. They decided they wanted to go home rather than to hospital because they were hungry and tired.

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