Family rescued after being trapped at Eastern Cape camping site

2015-04-05 18:23
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Cape Town - A family with two sick children had to be rescued from a camping site near Jeffrey’s Bay on Sunday morning after a swollen Berg River blocked their only route out.

The river swelled after a night of heavy rains and cut off the Berg River camping site in Hankey, about 30km from Jeffreys Bay, said the National Sea Rescue Institute’s (NSRI) Craig Lambinon.

He said a number of weekend campers were satisfied to wait for the flooding to subside, but the family of six had an 18-month-old girl and three-year-old boy who were suffering from dehydration, fever and diarrhoea. They also had a 10-year-old boy who needed to get to the airport to fly to Johannesburg.

The NSRI set up a rope line across the river and used a sea rescue craft to extricate the family. It also delivered firewood, supplies and drinking water to the remaining campers.

Lambinon said the sick children were treated in hospital.

"A rope line has been left behind in case the situation needs to be readdressed between today [Sunday] and tomorrow [Monday]… those remaining behind are safe and they are able to activate our help if it should be required,” he said.

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