God proved he can do anything, says man who survived huge electric shock in campsite accident

2010-04-17 00:00

TWO men and a young boy survived an electric shock when their gazebo was blown away and touched overhead electricity cables at their campsite at the Shalom Farm on Thursday afternoon.

Rudolf van Heerden (34), Calvin Heuvel (13) and another man, named only as Wayne, had just finished erecting their gazebo when it was blown away.

The three were trying to hold the gazebo by its steel frame when it touched an overhead electricity cable, giving them an electric shock.

Van Heerden said they didn’t realise it was close to the wires and the next thing they knew was when they were knocked down by the shock.

“I believe that God was proving a point that if he wants to do something he can do it. That I’m still alive is a miracle and words can’t describe how I’m feeling right now. All I can say is that God is great because I can’t tell how we survived the incident,” said Van Heerden.

The young Calvin was playing around with boys his age.

They both had burns on their hands, while Wayne, who suffered serious burns on his back and hands, had to be taken to hospital again yesterday.

After the accident they all rushed to St Anne’s hospital where they were treated and released.

One of the organisers of the conference, Riaan Janse van Vuuren, said with the large number of people attending, they have prepared for all sorts of emergencies.

“This case was a freak accident and we handled it very well,” said Janse van Vuuren.

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