Young couple saved by 'human bridge'

2012-11-26 09:33
The car in which James Wentzel and Junita Uys were trapped. (Supplied)

The car in which James Wentzel and Junita Uys were trapped. (Supplied)

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Pretoria - A heroic man formed a human bridge to rescue a young couple in Centurion whose car got stuck on a flooded low water bridge.

Junita Uys, 25, and James Wentzel, 20, escaped with their lives after being trapped in the car for more than half an hour, reported Beeld.

Wentzel described on Sunday how he and Uys had left a party on Saturday night because she was feeling ill. He saw the bridge at Van der Hoff Drive and E’skia Mphahleler was flooded due to heavy rains.

“The water was probably not even 30cm deep and I wanted to cross it. I wanted to floor the engine to get out of the water when it died.

“I tried to get it going again but the car wouldn’t start. The next moment the water [level] reached the middle of the doors and we couldn’t get out,” said Wentzel.

They opened their windows but had to close them again as water started pouring into the car.

The water was rising fast due but luckily Johan Els, who works for Laborius Tow-Trucks, was close by.

He drove his bakkie as close as possible to their car, leaning over between his and their vehicle to form a human bridge and help them get out of their car by clambering over him onto his car.

After the rescue, Els just said: “The kids were in trouble and someone had to do something.”

He didn’t want to be photographed.

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