Rescuers not losing hope in search for missing girl

2016-11-15 08:41
Shadrick and Cythia Chauke whose daughter is still missing. (Netwerk24)

Shadrick and Cythia Chauke whose daughter is still missing. (Netwerk24)

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Johannesburg – Although the search for the 3-year-old girl swept away in flooding in Alexandra has become frustrating, rescuers will not lose hope, Johannesburg Emergency Services said on Monday.

“It’s get frustrating, but we are taking it day by day. Some bodies only appear after eight to 10 days, or even three weeks,” spokesperson Nana Radebe said. 

With every day that goes by, the chances of finding a missing person becomes slimmer. 

The search stopped at the Lion Park on Monday. 

Everite was swept away by the Jukskei River during a flash flood last Wednesday. She, her father Shadrick Chauke, and her mother Cythia, were in their shack in Alexandra when it started raining heavily. When water began filling the dwelling, which is near the river, they climbed a tree.

Chauke held on to his daughter. The mother was on another branch. 

"The branch broke and the child fell into the water. He tried for dear life to try and rescue his child, but she disappeared into the water," family spokesperson Richard Makondo said. 

He jumped into the water, but was forced to swim back without his daughter. 

"When he swam back to the tree where his wife was, he thought she was missing too," Makondo said. 

But she was still holding onto the tree.

Radebe said the search would continue on Tuesday.

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