City of Tshwane Emergency Services Department saves resident from flooding Centurion river
On 13 December 2022, the City of Tshwane Emergency Services Department saved a resident from the flooding Hennops River in Die Hoewes, Centurion. Charles Mabaso, deputy chief: public information and liaison officer at the City of Tshwane Emergency Services, said, “The call centre received a call where it was reported that a man was seen floating in the river at Die Hoewes, close to the high way. Tshwane Fire and Rescue Water Rescue 762 and Engine 31were immediately dispatched to the area. A multi-disciplinary team of local police forum, Gauteng EMS and Tshwane Emergency Services managed to rescue the man who was treated on scene and transported to hospital in a stable condition.”
MMC for Community Safety, Alderman Grandi Theunissen, said, “I want to commend the City of Tshwane Emergency Services Department (ESD), whose rapid intervention led to the rescue of an individual from the flooding Hennops River in Die Hoewes, Centurion. At approximately 06h30, a group of cyclists noticed an individual in the river and alerted emergency services. The ESD immediately dispatched an engine and the water rescue unit to the scene. There, a multidisciplinary team consisting of the ESD, the local community policing forum and Gauteng Emergency Medical Services managed to locate and rescue the individual. He was then treated on scene and transported to a local hospital in a stable condition.”
“An investigation by law enforcement authorities is underway to establish how the man ended up in the Hennops River.
I am extremely grateful that the alertness of the cyclists and the quick response by various role players to their calls for help led to a successful rescue. The man was apparently spotted by some cyclists around 06:30. The cyclists then reported seeing the floating man who "looked like a runner" from the way they were dressed”, said Alderman Theunissen.
Circumstances surrounding how the man ended up in the river are a subject of investigation by law enforcement authorities.
Source: Charles Mabaso, deputy chief: public information and liaison officer, City of Tshwane Emergency Services
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