UK tourist rescued after almost 24 hours in ditch

2014-02-07 14:46
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Johannesburg - A 76-year-old British tourist was rescued from a ditch in George almost 24 hours after she was reported missing, Western Cape police said on Friday.

"[She] was found severely dehydrated in a ditch in a bush on the grounds of Carmel Guest Farm near Victoria Bay, George, last night [Thursday], said spokesperson Captain Malcolm Pojie.

She went missing on Wednesday when she was last seen in the evening.

Staff noticed she did not turn up for breakfast on Thursday.

"On investigating her whereabouts, they found that she did not even sleep in her bed and immediately alerted the local police," said Pojie.

Police dogs searched surrounding bushes for the woman and found her in the ditch where she had spent almost 24 hours exposed to rain and cold.

The elderly woman was transferred to hospital where she was recovering.

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