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“I got a fright when I saw how terribly close the water was."
“We flew out of bed and was inside the Land Rovers and cars outside minutes later. In those few minutes the water levels rose terrifyingly fast and parts of the Lodge were already under water."
The group,together with friends of theirs,then tried to reach a nearby Lodge that was situated a little higher in Land Rovers and other vehicles.One of the vehicles hit a stone and had to be left behind.
“We had to search for a way through,so high did the water levels rise in the streams and riverbeds, it was crazy ” said Jesse.
Eventually the group was flown to the O.R. Tambo-airport in Kempton Park by a military helicopter.
“The pilot said that by that stage he had already airlifted 80 people to safety” said Dylan.
“With us in the helicopter was a family who had only hunting rifles and cell phones with them,that was all they could save,it was rough."
A couple of dramatic pictures of some of yesterdays rescues,also published in "Die Beeld" this morning.
This man tied himself to the tree while waiting for the helicopter to come pick him up!
Police man calling him over to strap him up and airlift him...
Up,up and away,safe at last!
The Blyde River Adventure camp being swept away,apparently only a part of one of those buildings are still standing...
This is the Swadini Dam wall that was feared to be cracked at one stage! The dam was 118% full the day before yesterday and they have now opened up the sluices..
This poor lady had her child strapped to her back when she was saved from the river!
"We made it!!"
Thank you to all these brave policeman and rescue service people for doing what you do!!