Family rescued from camp site

The Berg River came down in flood over the Easter weekend, trapping campers at the camp site near Hankey (30 km from Jeffreys Bay).

berg river rescue

The river swelled after a night of heavy rains and cut off the Berg River camping site said the National Sea Rescue Institute’s (NSRI) Craig Lambinon.

He said a number of weekend campers were satisfied to wait for the flooding to subside, but the family of six had an 18-month-old girl and three-year-old boy who were suffering from dehydration, fever and diarrhoea. They also had a 10-year-old boy who needed to get to the airport to fly to Johannesburg.

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The NSRI set up a rope line across the river and used a sea rescue craft to extricate the family. It also delivered firewood, supplies and drinking water to the remaining campers.

A rope line has been left behind in case the remaining campers need the help of the NSRI.

true feb 2015

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