Trapped family rescued from hyacinth in Harties

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Johannesburg – In the early hours of Monday morning, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) Hartbeespoort Dam duty crew rescued a father and his two daughters who were trapped on a ferry raft in dense hyacinth in the Hartbeespoort Dam near Meerhof.

The Pretoria-based father and his daughters, aged 17 and 7, were on a small ferry raft in the dam when they found themselves stuck in the thick hyacinth at around 17:00 on Sunday evening.

After being trapped for two hours, an alarm was sounded, and local fire and rescue services and Netcare ambulance services were requested.

By midnight, there were concerns of hypothermia due to the wind chill, and NSRI Hartbeespoort Dam was alerted.

"On arrival on the scene, we were able to tow the small ferry raft out of the dense hyacinth and into open water on the middle of the dam," said Michael Saunders, NSRI Hartbeespoort Dam station commander.

According to the NSRI, the two girls were transferred to the NSRI rescue base and reunited with their mother.

No one was injured, and the operation was completed at 05:45, over 12 hours after the three first got trapped.

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