Safari vehicle swept away by river

2014-03-07 09:07
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Mokolo River Rescue

Check out these incredible pics of a helicopter rescue after people got swept away by the Mokolo River in Lephalale, Limpopo.

Polokwane – When a Kaingo Private Game Reserve safari vehicle carrying 11 people got swept away by the Mokolo River in Lephalale, Limpopo on Wednesday, help came from an unlikely source.

Die Burger reports that Coena Smith from Vaalwater in Limpopo, who had never used his helicopter for anything other than game capture excursions before, suddenly became the hero in the unfolding drama.  

Take a look at these amazing rescue pics.  

He told the paper that a friend had called him up to tell him about the incident and ask for his assistance. Without a moment’s thought, him and a colleague, Wickus Venter, hopped in the helicopter and zoomed over to the Mokolo River.  

They found the 11 victims clinging to branches sticking out above the water. Smith said he would never forget the fearful expressions on their faces.  

Although he was extremely nervous, he realised that they really had no choice but do the best with what they had at their disposal.

In lieu of a proper rope, they employed a cable normally used to tow vehicles, secured one end and cast the other down to the river.

It took an hour to complete the entire rescue mission, as they would pick up one of the victims, drop them in a nearby field and return to pick up another.  

All 11 people were rescued, and no injuries were reported.      
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