Bystanders rescue couple from icy river

2012-08-06 20:39

Cape Town - Two people escaped with their lives after their vehicle plunged off a bridge and landed in the Amanzimtoti River, paramedics said on Monday.

"The man and his wife were travelling along the N2 towards Durban when the driver lost control of the vehicle after hitting a water puddle on the highway," Netcare911 spokesperson Chris Botha said.

The vehicle spun out of control, left the road, and then plunged about 20m down an embankment into the river, Botha said.

"Netcare 911 paramedics arrived at the scene and found that bystanders had swum out and pulled both the patients to the roadside."

After medics stabilised the injured and hypothermic patients they transported them to a nearby hospital, he said.

  • yuu.mee.351 - 2012-08-06 20:51

    I just knew it the speed the dude was doing wasn't healthy in this kind of weather, almost took me with them, I'm glad dbn people are so generous, I realy wish I could name the number plates of these heroes, big up guys, I must say,the river was scary, PLEASE EVERYONE drive carefuly, dbn roads are full of water patches today,the storm was too much! Get home safe

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-08-06 20:52

    What? Ice in a river on the KZN coast? The quality of facts in News 24 reports has slipped even further!

      kitneyi - 2012-08-06 20:57

      Icy could also mean what the word implies... COLD!

      rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-08-06 22:18

      If you are really convinced that icy and cold means the same thing then you should spend a winter in the north of Scotland. Maybe it is a South African perspective, like a nice day in the UK when it doesn't rain much. But chill, it is still OK to give News 24 the cold shoulder.

      kevin.pitzer - 2012-08-06 22:18

      It seems cold is what it was meant !

  • yuu.mee.351 - 2012-08-06 20:54

    It was hail infact, I would aSsume the editor means \cold\ when say \icy\ the storm was heavy

  • john.barbarian.9 - 2012-08-06 20:57

    Double Bells for the Bystanders !!! Why dont you publish their names here?... They deserve that recognition...well done again for them!

  • tasmee.hylkema - 2012-08-06 21:02

    Is the reporter based in Cape Town?

      kitneyi - 2012-08-06 21:37

      No, but you always have to credit where the article was sourced from or written.

      tommo.too - 2012-08-07 00:08

      In the new south Africa the river now runs through the cape...

  • hanli.dedekindmostert - 2012-08-06 21:17

    Eish, this report was not about the tempreture of the water, but to give recognition to those who helped when needed. Don't always turn something into a debate. Well done to the rescuers!

  • busani.mabunda - 2012-08-06 21:28

    its been snowing for 2 hours in durban guys. outside is white with hail. crazy sight.

      sandra.j.rennie - 2012-08-06 22:39

      Snow in Durban ? Are you serious busani? Maybe hail yes - that's also white !

      gail.hayesbean - 2012-08-07 12:26

      Hail stones are frozen i.e. icy and if there are enough of them then it is totally okay to think it is snowing or to say the river swollen by hail was icy. I also nitpick second languae speakers occasionally but more to assist them toi understand the vagaries of English and hopefully in a constructive manner. Words are extremely powerful and can cause more damage than a weapon like a knife so think before you jump down someone's throat. Can you even spell in THEIR mother tongue? If not correct constructively. Spell check only picks up words which are incorrectly spelled and not homonyms like where, were, weir, wear which all sound the same but have entirely different meanings. Big UP to the passers by who went to the rescue of those in need.

  • nduduzo2 - 2012-08-06 21:33

    They should address the drainage problems on that road. A freeway must have proper drainage to ensure the safety of motorists

  • gregory.jurgens - 2012-08-06 22:12

    Cape town. WTF

      tommo.too - 2012-08-07 00:06

      The Amanzimtoti now runs through the cape???

  • manie.vanwyk.12 - 2012-08-06 22:47


  • WigzellRM - 2012-08-06 22:53

    You guys are embellishing the story. Since when are the waters around Toti "icy"? Just report the story using plain facts. Well done to the rescuers.

  • tammy.stringer2 - 2012-08-07 07:34

    Was there at the accident; wasn't even in cape town... Nor was it a 20m bridge; more like 5m... Wish some people could get their facts right before reporting to the public...

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