Rescuers use jet ski to save man and child from flooded river

2017-02-22 12:03
Paramedics were kept busy after attending to several reports of flooded roads. (Supplied)

Paramedics were kept busy after attending to several reports of flooded roads. (Supplied)

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2017-02-22 10:35

Flood warnings have been issued for the eastern parts of Eastern Cape, southern KwaZulu-Natal, the southern and western parts of the Free State and eastern Northern Cape, and Johannesburg and its surrounding areas.WATCH

Johannesburg – Paramedics were kept busy around Gauteng on Tuesday evening, attending to several reports of flooded roads, vehicles swept into rivers, and stranded motorists.

ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak said on Wednesday that, before midnight on Tuesday, paramedics had been called to the scene of a water rescue incident in Vanderbijlpark.

Vermaak said bystanders, believed to have been on the back of the bakkie, told rescuers that their vehicle had been swept down the river.

A man and a young child were still trapped on the back of the bakkie.

Rescuers were initially unable to get to the two, but later managed to use a jet ski to reach them.

Both were plucked from the vehicle and taken to safety.

"Paramedics from ER24 assessed the man and child, but found that they were only in shock. No one was transported to hospital from this scene."

Avoid flooded areas

In a separate incident, paramedics got a call about a vehicle that had driven into a flooded area on the R24, near the Eastgate off-ramp.

Vermaak said they found the vehicle swept several metres into the flooded area, but were unable to find the occupant of the vehicle.

The road was closed off and local authorities were alerted.

Paramedics have urged motorists to avoid entering flooded areas and not to attempt crossing flooded low water bridges.

An alternative route should be used and motorists were encouraged to alert local authorities about any flooded areas.

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